XCC: Five Big Ten Teams Earn Automatic Berth to NCAA Championships

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The 2009 NCAA Cross Country Regional results are in the books with fie conference squads earning automatic berths to the NCAA Championships by virtue of their top-two finishes on Saturday.

The Wisconsin men's cross country team earned a first-place team finish in the Great Lakes Region, while Michigan State claimed the runner-up spot to capture the remaining automatic qualifying bid. The Ohio State Buckeyes rounded out the top three positions, and are in solid position to receive an at-large bid to the national meet.

Meanwhile, two-time Big Ten individual champion Hassan Mead and OSU's Jeff See cruised to individual crowns at their respective regional events.  

On the women's side Minnesota claimed the top spot in the Midwest Region for the thir straight year, finishing 26 points ahead of runner-up Illinois,  Illini senior Angela Bizzarri won the six-kilometer race on Saturday with a time of 20:07.5. Additionally, Ohio State clinched its first ever trip to the NCAA championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes regional finals.

The remaining conference squads will wait to hear their NCAA Championship fate until selections are announced Sunday evening.

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