Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2012 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with all four competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 25 at the national meet. Big Ten Champion Michigan finished fifth at the championships, followed by Penn State in 14th, Michigan State in 16th and Minnesota in 22nd. Iowa's Mareike Schrulle took seventh individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: Twenty-nine Big Ten runners received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals this season, the most of any conference in the nation. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State led the way with five honorees each, while three Minnesota runners, two harriers from Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin, and one Indiana runner were named to the team. Additionally, Michigan's Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, while Penn State Beth Alford-Sullivan claimed Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year accolades after each leading their squads to a first-place team finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Michigan won its first Big Ten Championship since 2006 and ninth overall, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing five runners in the top 20. Michigan State's Sara Kroll finished first individually, while Michigan State finished second in the team standings and Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: Michigan State's Sara Kroll was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:13. After leading Michigan to its ninth Big Ten title, Wolverine head coach Mike McGuire picked up his ninth Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Shannon Osika was named Freshman of the Year after pacing all freshman at the Big Ten Championships with a 13th place finish. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

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