Three Big Ten teams graced the latest USTFCCCA rankings, with 2009 Big Ten Champion Wisconsin leading the pack at No. 10. Rounding out the top-30 teams in the country are Ohio State and Minnesota, checking in at No. 28 and No. 29, respectively.
The Badgers earned a top-billing in the Great Lakes Region, followed closely behind Ohio State (No. 3), Indiana (No. 4) and Michigan (No. 5). Penn State voted in at No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region, while Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois ranked among the Midwest Region's top-10 squads.
Stanford tops the national poll ahead of runner-up Oklahoma and third-ranked Oregon, with regional competition slated for Saturday, Nov. 14.
Minnesota junior Hassan Mead and Penn State senior Bridget Franek have been named men's and women's Big Ten Cross Country Athletes of the Year, conference officials announced today. Wisconsin's Maverick Darling and Penn State's Nicole Lord earned the nod as Freshmen of the Year; while Badger coach Mick Byrne and Beth Alford-Sullivan of Penn State take home Coach of the Year honors.