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WXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 2
ILLINOIS at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
#28 IOWA at Iowa Open - Iowa City, Iowa
#13 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Dexter, Mich.
#29 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
NORTHWESTERN at Crusader Open - Valparaiso, Ind.
#18 PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
PURDUE at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.

SEPTEMBER 3
NEBRASKA at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb.

WXC: Five Conference Teams Earn Preseason Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams garnered preseason top-30 rankings in the USTFCCCA national coaches' poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, standing at No. 13 to begin the season. Penn State joins Michigan in the top 20, checking in at No. 18. Iowa holds No. 28, followed by No. 29 Michigan State and No. 30 Minnesota. Indiana is receiving votes to begin the campaign.

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WXC/TRK: Five Named Academic All-Americans

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Five Big Ten student-athletes have earned spots on the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track & Field and Cross Country teams, it was announced on Wednesday. Indiana's Vera Neuenswander received first-team honors, while teammate Faith Sherrill and Michigan's Kaitlyn Peale earned second-team laurels. The Hoosiers' Chelsea Blanchard and Sarah Pease picked up third-team accolades to round out the group of Big Ten honorees.

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Six Big Ten women's cross country and track and field student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District honors, announced on Thursday. Indiana's Chelsea Blanchard, Breanne Ehrman, Vera Neuenswander, Sarah Pease and Faith Sherrill were chosen to the District 5 First Team, while Michigan's Kaitlyn Peale was selected to the District 4 First Team. All six honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration.

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WXC: Six Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees

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Six Big Ten women's cross country runners have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees. Michigan State's Emily MacLeod and Carlie Green, Minnesota's Missa Varpness, Ohio State's Ellen Birmingham and Meredith Wagner and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort have all earned the academic honor. 

Click here to see the complete list of USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees.

The 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships concluded on Monday afternoon with four Big Ten women's teams and six at-large individuals taking part in the action. Three Big Ten runners earned All-America status, as Wisconsin's Emily Sisson, Minnesota's Stephanie Price and Michigan State's Emily MacLeod each turned in top-40 performances.

Click here to read the complete release from the Big Ten.

Complete team results from the NCAA Championships can be found here. Individual results can be found here.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year awards today, with Michigan State's Emily MacLeod and Minnesota's Stephanie Price earning top honors among athletes in their respective regions. Spartan head coach Walt Drenth also took home the Women's Coach of the Year award in the Great Lakes region.

MacLeod, the 2010 Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, put together back-to-back first-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships and Great Lakes regional en route to her second-straight regional award. She finished seven seconds ahead of the rest of the pack to become the first runner in Michigan State history to win back-to-back regional titles.

Price earns the Midwest Women's Athlete of the Year award after taking first place at the Midwest regional last weekend. The junior finished the race six hundredths of a second ahead of the second-place finisher to help Minnesota take third place at the regional.

Drenth receives his second Coach of the Year honor of the season after being named Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year. The Michigan State general guided the Spartans to the Big Ten title, along with the Great Lakes regional title.

WXC: In the Polls

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The final USTFCCCA women's cross country poll before next week's NCAA Championships has been released, with four Big Ten teams appearing in the top 30. Michigan State checks in at No. 16 after taking first place at the Great Lakes regional last weekend, with Michigan following at No. 17. No. 22 Minnesota and No. 23 Penn State also crack the latest top 30 after receiving at-large berths to the championships.

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Big Ten women's cross country concluded NCAA Regional competition on Saturday, with four teams and six individual runners advancing to next week's NCAA Championships. Michigan and Michigan State each earned automatic berths to the championships after the Spartans finished first and the Wolverines took second at the Great Lakes regional.

Minnesota and Penn State earned at-large berths to the championships, while Iowa's Betsy Flood, Northwestern's Audrey Huth, Ohio State's Ellen Birmingham and Meredith Wagner and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort and Emily Sisson all individually qualified for the competition.

Click here to see where the Big Ten finished in the NCAA Cross Country Regionals.

XC: NCAA Regionals Preview

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Big Ten cross country travels to NCAA Regionals this weekend, with all 10 conference squads looking for berths to the NCAA Championships. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin head to the Great Lakes Regional in Rochester, Mich., while Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota travel to the Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill. Penn State will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park, Pa.

Click here for the complete NCAA Regionals Preview.

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