Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2011 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with three of the five competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 20 at the national meet. Penn State finished 13th at the championships, followed by Michigan in 15th, Big Ten Champion Michigan State in 16th, Wisconsin and 24th and Minnesota in 27th. The Nittany Lions' Caitlin Lane took 16th individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: After earning the Great Lakes Regional title, Michigan was well-represented in the USTFCCCA regional awards contingent. The Wolverines' Danielle Tauro was named the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, 29 Big Ten runners received All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Michigan State won its second straight Big Ten Championship, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing three in the top 10. Penn State's Caitlin Lane finished first individually. Michigan finished second in the team standings, while Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: Penn State's Caitlin Lane was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 19:58. After leading Michigan State to its second consecutive Big Ten title, Spartan head coach Walt Drenth picked up his second straight Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Taylor Pogue and Wisconsin's Gabrielle Anzalone were named Co-Freshman of the Year after turning in top-20 finishes at the Big Ten Championships. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

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