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Weekend Schedule

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Friday, August 30th
ILLINOIS at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
#17 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
#13 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
PURDUE at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, August 31st
NORTHWESTERN at UIC Home Opener - Palos Heights, Ill.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Four Big Ten Women's Cross Country Teams Ranked Nationally

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Four Big Ten women's cross country squads have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Penn State leads the way for conference squads, coming in at No. 11. Michigan State follows at No. 13, Michigan comes in at No. 17 and Minnesota is ranked No. 19. The 2013 cross country season officially begins this weekend.

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Thirteen Big Ten Standouts Named Academic All-America

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Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, with Indiana's Andy Bayer being named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. Four other standouts joined Bayer on the first team, with Michigan's Rebecca Addison, Minnesota's Quentin Mege, Nebraska's Bjorn Barrefors and Wisconsin's Elliot Krause earning recognition. Five school boast one first-team All-American, A complete list can be found below.

Marissa Golliday, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
Andy Bayer, IND*
Mareike Schrulle, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH*
Jack Greenlee, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Quentin Mege, MINN*
Bjorn Barrefors, NEB*
Mara Griva, NEB
Morgan Wilken, NEB
Robby Creese, PSU
Elliot Krause, WIS*

* - First Team Selection

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.

Iowa's Schrulle Garners All-America Distinction

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Iowa's Mareike Schrulle has earned women's cross country All-America honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced on Monday. Schrulle collected the distinction based on her seventh place at the NCAA Championships over the weekend.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams earned rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, clocking in at No. 6. Penn State joins the Wolverines in the top 10, coming in at No. 9. Michigan State holds the No. 13 spot and Minnesota follows at No. 25.

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Twenty-Nine Big Ten Runners Named All-Region

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Twenty-nine Big Ten women's cross country runners have been named All-Region after placing in the top 25 at their respective regional championships over the weekend. The 29 All-Region honorees gives the Big Ten the most of any conference in the country. The complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees can be found below. For the complete list, click here.

Alyssa Schneider, ILL
Courtney Yaeger, ILL
Kelsey Duerksen, IND
Megan Ranegar, IOWA
Mareike Schrulle, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH
Brook Handler, MICH
Lindsey Hilton, MICH
Shannon Osika, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Lindsay Clark, MSU
Sara Kroll, MSU
Leah O'Connor, MSU
Julia Otwell, MSU
Olivia Sydow, MSU
Ashlie Decker, MINN
Laura Docherty, MINN
Molly Kayfes, MINN
Lexie Goldsmith, NU
Michelle Moriset, NU
Michelle Thomas, OSU
Meredith Wagner, OSU
Leigha Anderson, PSU
Emily Giannotti, PSU
Tori Perri, PSU
Brooklyne Ridder, PSU
Rebekka Simko, PSU
Gabi Anzalone, WIS
Ashley Beutler, WIS 

Weekend Schedule

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October 19
ILLINOIS at Illini Open - Urbana, Ill.
# 7 MICHIGAN at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
# 15 MICHIGAN STATE at Eastern Michigan Fall Classic - Dexter, Mich.
WISCONSIN at Oshkosh Open - Oshkosh, Wis.

October 20
# 25 MINNESOTA at Jack's Run - Minneapolis, Minn.

In The Polls

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams earned rankings in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, clocking in at No. 7. Penn State follows at No. 13 and Michigan State holds the No. 15 spot. Minnesota jumps two spots to No. 25.

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Weekend Schedule

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October 12
ILLINOIS
at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
INDIANA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
IOWA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 10 MICHIGAN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 10 MICHIGAN STATE at Jayhawk Invitational - Muskegon, Mich.
# 27 MINNESOTA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NORTHWESTERN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
NORTHWESTERN at Bradley Classic - Peoria, Ill.
OHIO STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 14 PENN STATE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
PURDUE at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.
# 29 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin adidas Invitational - Madison, Wis.

October 13
ILLINOIS 
at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky. 
INDIANA
at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
IOWA at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
# 8 MICHIGAN at Pre-National Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
# 27 MINNESOTA at Tori Neubauer Invitational - LaCrosse, Wis.

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