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Weekend Schedule

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September 7
at Bradley Open - Peoria, Ill.
# 27 MINNESOTA at Oz Memorial - Minneapolis, Minn.
NORTHWESTERN at Huskie Open - DeKalb, Ill.
PURDUE at Bradley Open - Peoria, Ill.
# 29 WISCONSIN at Badger Open - Madison, Wis.

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

Weekend Schedule

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August 31
at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill.
# 12 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
# 17 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
at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Four Conference Teams Earn Preseason Rankings

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Four Big Ten women's cross country teams garnered rankings in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, standing at No. 12. Michigan State joins Michigan in the top 20, checking in at No. 17. Minnesota holds No. 27, followed by Wisconsin at No. 29. Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State all received votes to begin the campaign.

Click here to see the complete national preseason poll. 

Preseason Regional Rankings

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The USTFCCCA released its Division I women'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.

1. Michigan
2. Michigan State
5. Wisconsin
6. Indiana
8. Ohio State

6. Penn State

3. Minnesota
4. Northwestern
5. Iowa
8. Illinois

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


Big Ten Women's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2011 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with three of the five competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 20 at the national meet. Penn State finished 13th at the championships, followed by Michigan in 15th, Big Ten Champion Michigan State in 16th, Wisconsin and 24th and Minnesota in 27th. The Nittany Lions' Caitlin Lane took 16th individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.

Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards: After earning the Great Lakes Regional title, Michigan was well-represented in the USTFCCCA regional awards contingent. The Wolverines' Danielle Tauro was named the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, 29 Big Ten runners received All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.

Big Ten Championships Roundup: Michigan State won its second straight Big Ten Championship, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing three in the top 10. Penn State's Caitlin Lane finished first individually. Michigan finished second in the team standings, while Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here.

Big Ten Postseason Awards: Penn State's Caitlin Lane was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 19:58. After leading Michigan State to its second consecutive Big Ten title, Spartan head coach Walt Drenth picked up his second straight Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Taylor Pogue and Wisconsin's Gabrielle Anzalone were named Co-Freshman of the Year after turning in top-20 finishes at the Big Ten Championships. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.
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

Michigan's McGuire, Tauro Earn Regional Recognition

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Michigan senior Danielle Tauro and head coach Mike McGuire have been named among the USTFCCCA Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. Tauro took home Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors, while McGuire was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Tauro paced the Wolverines at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, finishing in first place individually. The Wolverine senior is the first Michigan runner to earn the award since Nicole Edwards won it in 2007. McGuire guided Michigan to its eighth regional crown over the weekend en route to its eighth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance. McGuire collects his second regional Coach of the Year honor in the last four seasons after winning it in 2008.

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

In the Polls

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams have earned top-30 status in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll heading into next week's NCAA Championships. After winning the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Michigan moves up five spots to No. 10 this week. Big Ten Champion Michigan State checks in at No. 15, while Penn State holds No. 21 Wisconsin moves up to No. 25 in the latest poll, while Minnesota rounds out the group of ranked Big Ten teams at No. 28.

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Twenty-Nine Big Ten Women's 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 All-Region honorees can be found below.

Chelsea Blanchard, IND
Samantha Ginther, IND
Kayla Beattie, IOWA
McKenzie Melander, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH
Taylor Pogue, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Danielle Tauro, MICH
Katie Haines, MSU
Sara Kroll, MSU
Julia Otwell, MSU
Rebekah Smeltzer, MSU
Ashlie Decker, MINN
Stephanie Price, MINN
Ashley Miller, NEB
Katie White, NEB
Lexie Goldsmith, NU
Audrey Huth, NU
Tori Brink, OSU
Nichole Hilton, OSU
Jordan Jennewine, OSU
Natalie Bower, PSU
Caitlin Lane, PSU
Kara Millhouse, PSU
Brooklyne Ridder, PSU
Gabi Anzalone, WIS
Ashley Beutler, WIS
Kyla Chapman, WIS
Caitlin Comfort, WIS