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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned top-30 rankings in the first USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll of the regular reason, announced on Tuesday. Defending national and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin claims the top spot, while Indiana clocks in at No. 13. Minnesota checks in at No. 17 and Michigan holds No. 20. Ohio State and Michigan State are also receiving votes.

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Weekend Schedule

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September 7
IOWA
at Bradley Open - Peoria, Ill.
# 18 MINNESOTA at Oz Memorial - Minneapolis, Minn.
PURDUE at Bradley Open - Peoria, Ill.
# 1 WISCONSIN at Badger Open - Madison, Wis.

September 8
# 13 INDIANA
at Indiana Open - Bloomington, Ind.
PENN STATE at Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational - University Park, Pa.

Weekend Schedule

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August 31
ILLINOIS
at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill.
# 19 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
PURDUE at Valparaiso Crusader Invitational - Valparaiso, Ind.

September 1
NEBRASKA
at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Four Big Ten Teams Open 2012 Season Ranked Nationally

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Defending national and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin tops the poll at No 1. Indiana checks in as the next conference team ranked, coming in at No. 13. Minnesota and Michigan also appear in the top 20, as the Golden Gophers stand at No. 18 and the Wolverines open the season at No. 19. Other conference squads receiving votes were Ohio State and Michigan State.

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Preseason Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I men;s cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.

GREAT LAKES
1. Wisconsin
2. Indiana
3. Michigan
5. Michigan State
6. Ohio State
13. Purdue

MID-ATLANTIC
4. Penn State

MIDWEST
4. Minnesota
8. Illinois
9. Iowa

Ten Big Ten Student-Athletes Tabbed Academic All-America

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Ten Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as announced on Thursday. To be eligible for All-America recognition, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA, and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standings at his or her institution. The complete list of Big Ten recipients is below:

Andy Bayer, Indiana
Chelsea Blanchard, Indiana
Erik Sowinski, Iowa
Rebecca Addison, Michigan
Rebecca Buchholtz, Michigan State
Quentin Mege, Minnesota
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska*
Brett Grieb, Nebraska
Nate Polacek, Nebraska*
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin

*First-team honoree

 

Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as announced on Thursday. The teams are selected to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined athletic and academic performances.

First team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team Ballot, which will be selected in June.

The list of Big Ten honorees is below.

Andy Bayer, Indiana*
Chelsea Blanchard, Indiana*
Breanne Ehrman, Indiana*
Samantha Ginther, Indiana
McKenzie Melander, Iowa*
Erik Sowinski, Iowa*
Rebecca Addison, Michigan*
Jillian Smith, Michigan
Kiley Tobel, Michigan
Rebecca Buchholtz, Michigan State*
Quentin Mege, Minnesota*
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska*
Brett Grieb, Nebraska*
Cami Jiskra, Nebraska
Ashley Miller, Nebraska
Nate Polacek, Nebraska*
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin*

*First Team Honoree

Big Ten Men's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2011 men's cross country season saw the first NCAA Champion hailing from the Big Ten since 2005, as Wisconsin took home its fifth national title at the NCAA Championships. Four of the five Badger scorers earned All-America status to lead Wisconsin to the crown, while all five competing Big Ten teams placed in the top 25 at the season-concluding meet. Indiana followed Wisconsin in the top 10, placing seventh, while Minnesota took 16th, Michigan finished 20th and Ohio State landed in 23rd.

Big Ten Hauls in Regional, National Awards: The Big Ten brought home several national and regional awards, headlined by Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne's National Coach of the Year award. Indiana's Andy Bayer, Minnesota's Hassan Mead, and Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed, Ryan Collins, Reed Connor, Maverick Darling and Elliot Krause were honored as All-Americans based on their NCAA Championships finish, while Mead also collected Midwest Region Athlete of the Year and Byrne collecting Midwest Region Coach of the Year laurels. Additionally, 26 Big Ten runners earned All-Region status by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Wisconsin took home its 13th consecutive Big Ten Championship, posting the second-lowest team score (17) in conference history en route to the team's 45th overall title. Mohammed Ahmed led the Badgers, placing first individually with a Big Ten record 8K time of 23:18. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: After posting a record-setting time at the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. Badger head coach Mick Byrne collected his fourth straight Coach of the Year honor, while Michigan State's David Madrigal took home Freshman of the Year laurels.

Byrne Named National Men's Coach of the Year

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Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne has been named Bill Dellinger National Men's Coach of the Year, the USTFCCCA announced on Wednesday. Byrne guided the Badgers to the fifth national title in school history and their first since 2005. Wisconsin compiled a team score of 97 as four of the five Badger scorers earned All-American finishes. Byrne's squad also claimed its 13th consecutive Big Ten title en route to earning Big Ten Coach of the Year laurels. 

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Minnesota's Mead, Wisconsin's Byrne Earn Regional Awards

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The USTFCCCA announced today its Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year, with Minnesota's Hassan Mead earning Midwest Region Athlete of the Year accolades and Wisconsin's Mick Byrne taking home Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors.

Mead earns his third Athlete of the Year award after finishing first at the Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Gopher senior took home top honors in 2008 and 2009. Mead led Minnesota to fourth place at the regional en route to an NCAA Championships berth. Byrne, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, receives his third award and his second consecutive honor after leading the top-ranked Badgers to their 10th straight regional title and 13th consecutive Big Ten Championship.

Click here to read about all of this year's regional award winners.
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