Sept. 1, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The 2010 Big Ten men's cross country season officially opens this weekend, with seven of the conference's 10 teams hitting the course for their first competitions of 2010 on Friday.
Five teams open the season at home on Friday, as Illinois hosts the Illini Challenge, Iowa holds the Hawkeye Invitational, Michigan welcomes competitors to the Michigan Open, Purdue hosts the Great American Legends, and Wisconsin begins at the Wisconsin Classic. Michigan State and Penn State hit the road for their season-opening meets on Friday, with the Spartans traveling to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for the Jeff Drenth Memorial and the Nittany Lions heading to Lock Haven, Pa., for the Lock Haven Dolan Duals.
Minnesota opens the season on Saturday, traveling to the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo, Utah. Indiana begins its 2010 slate next weekend, hosting the Indiana Open on Sept. 11. Ohio State competes in its first meet on Sept. 17, traveling to the Appalachian State Mountaineer Open.
After earning its 11th consecutive Big Ten Championship in 2009, Wisconsin took seventh place at the NCAA Championships. Ohio State finished in 21st, while Minnesota took 24th.
To see each team's season outlook, click the links below.