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MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 3

Illinois at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
Iowa at Hawkeye Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa
Michigan at Michigan Open - Dexter, Mich.
#21 Michigan State at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Penn State at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
Purdue at Great American Legends Race - West Lafayette, Ind.
#7 Wisconsin at Wisconsin Classic - Madison, Wis.

SEPTEMBER 4

#26 Minnesota at BYU Autumn Classic - Provo, Utah

MXC: Season Begins This Friday

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The 2010 Big Ten men's cross country season officially opens this weekend, with seven of the conference's 10 teams hitting the course for their first competitions of 2010 on Friday. Six teams host invitationals to open the season, while the four other teams hit the road for their first meets.

For the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

MXC: Four Teams Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

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Four Big Ten teams have earned rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Coaches' Poll. Wisconsin garners the conference's highest ranking at No. 7, while Michigan State follows at No. 21, Minnesota checks in at No. 26 and Indiana opens the season at No. 27. Ohio State is receiving votes in the first poll of 2010.

The complete poll can be found here.

XC/T&F: Three Named Academic All-Americans

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Three Big Ten student-athletes were selected to the 2009-10 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Teams, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

After finishing fourth in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships, Wisconsin's Jack Bolas was selected a first-team member, having been chosen for the second team in 2009. A pair of Minnesota student-athletes made the teams as Mike Torchia earned a spot on the second team, while teammate Aaron Studt was a third-team selection.

The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 22 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2009-10 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

For a complete list of the 2010 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, click here.

XCC: Big Ten Announces Fall Academic All-Big Ten Teams

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The Big Ten recognized today 705 fall sports stduent-athletes to the Academic All-Conference Team. The list of honored student-athletes features 60 men's and 113 women's cross country runners, 73 field hockey players, 193 football players, 60 men's and 143 women's soccer athletes and 63 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

At least eight Big Ten student-athletes have maintained unblemished 4.0 GPAs, including a trio of women's cross country runners in Iowa's Katie Ellis (Sr., English/Cinema) and Hannah Roeder (Sr., Integrative Physiology) and Purdue's Kara Conflenti (So., Nursing). Also on the list are 2009 NCAA women's cross country champion Angela Bizzarri (Sr., Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Big Ten Athlete of the Year Bridget Franek (Sr., Kinesiology) of Penn State.

Look here for the full release and a complete listing of 2009 fall sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

XCC: Illinois' Angela Bizzarri Captures NCAA Individual Crown

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Illinois' Angela Bizzarri used a late kick to capture the women's individual crown at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday afternoon. The Illini senior raced her way to the top of the winner's podium on the strength of a 19:46 effort in the six-kilometer event. She becomes the first female to capture an individual title at the national event in program history. Also placing in the top 10 was Minnesota's Megan Duwell who posted a seventh-place finish with a time of 20:06.9. The Gopher senior led her team to a 10th place team finish to lead all conference teams in the overall standings.

On the men's side, Wisconsin led all conference teams with a seventh place finish. The Badgers placed four harriers in the top 40 percent of individual competitors and were led by freshman Mohammed Ahmed in 26th place. Big Ten Athlete of the Year Hassan Mead completed the 10-kilometer course in 29:51 to finish inside the top 15.

Overall, three men's and four women's harriers earned All-America honors by virtue of their top-40 finishes in Monday's Championship event. 

For more information and complete results from the NCAA Championship, look here.

XCC: USTFCCCA Announces Regional Honors

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The Big Ten recently saw four of its own recognized by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association as this season's Division I Cross Country Coaches and Athletes of the Year were announced Wednesday. llinois' Angela Bizzarri was named Midwest Region Cross Country Runner of the Year after being crowned individual champion and leading the Illini to a runner-up finish at the regional competion last Saturday. Meanwhile, Minnesota head mentor Gary Wilson received the nod as Midwest Region Coach of the Year after guiding his team to its third-consecutive regional title. On the men 's side, two harriers earned regional distinction in Minnesota's Hassan Mead and Ohio State's Jeff See, who captured individual crowns to earn Midwest and Great Lakes Athlete of the Year laurels, respectively.

XCC: On Your Mark

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Eleven Big Ten squads will represent the conference at this year's NCAA Cross Country Championships. Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin will compete on the men's side and Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State will race on women's side. The conference will send four individuals to the national meet in Indiana's Andrew Poore, Penn State's Vince McNally, Purdue's Caden Shields and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort.

The event takes place on Monday, Nov. 23 with the men's 10,000 meters starting at 12:08 p.m. ET and the women's 6,000-meter race commencing at 12:58 p.m. Both competitions are set to run on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

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.