Nov. 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Five members of the No. 16 Minnesota women's cross country team were honored as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the all-region honorees following last weekend's NCAA regional championships meets.
Junior Molly Kayfes (Maple Grove, Minn.) and senior Laura Docherty (St. Paul, Minn.) each earned their second All-Midwest Region honors, and seniors Katie Moraczewski (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Maggie Bollig (Cross Plains, Wis.) and redshirt sophomore Becca Dyson (Roseville, Minn.) picked up the first All-Region awards of their careers.
Kayfes ran a career-best 20:20.9 as the individual runner-up to lead the Gophers to a second-place team finish. She improved on her eighth-place showing at the regional a year ago.
Bollig and Docherty joined Kayfes with top 10 finishes as Bollig finished in a career-best 20:35.4 in eighth place with Docherty on her heels in ninth in a season-best 20:37.3. Dyson (20:58.3) was 19th and Moraczewski (21:06.2) came in 23nd in the overall standings.
A total of 450 student-athletes earned the all-region distinction by finishing among the top 25 individual finishers at one of the nine regional sites across the country.
Three women's teams earned seven honors each in Arkansas, Colorado and Georgetown. Finishing just behind with six All-Region selections was Virginia. Eight teams had five honorees, including Minnesota. The Big Ten Conference had 26 female honorees behind the SEC's 27.
Minnesota is set to make its ninth-straight NCAA championship appearance this weekend. The 2013 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana State. This year marks the tenth time the nation's top 31 teams will compete for a national title in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's 10K race is set to begin at noon with the women's 6K race to follow on Saturday, Nov. 23.
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