Big Ten Prepares 10 Men's Squads for NCAA Regional Meets
Nov. 8, 2006
All 21 Big Ten men's and women's cross country squads will compete this weekend at their respective NCAA Regional sites for the chance to earn a coveted bid to the 2006 NCAA Championships. This Saturday, Nov. 11, six Big Ten men's and women's teams -- Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin -- will compete at the Great Lakes Regional in Bowling Green, Ohio. Penn State will travel to Bucknell in Lock Haven, Pa., for the Mid-Atlantic Regional, while Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and the Northwestern women's team compete at the Midwest Regional in St. Paul, Minn.
The women's 6,000-meter race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 10,000-meter race at 12:15 p.m., in each of the three regions.
The top two teams and the top four individuals not on one of those teams (providing they finish in the top 25) will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships held on Nov. 20, 2006, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State University will serve as host. At 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 12, an NCAA committee will select 13 at-large teams and two at-large individuals from the NCAA's nine regions. Thirty-one teams and 38 individuals will qualify for the NCAA meet. The 2006 Championships will mark the 68th for the men and the 26th for the women.
Last year, the Wisconsin men claimed the Great Lakes Regional title, while Ohio State's Brian Olinger posted a first-place finish in leading his Buckeyes to third. At the Midwest Regional, Antonio Vega took home first place and led the Golden Gophers to a fourth-place finish, trailing Iowa, which finished second. Penn State took eighth in the Mid-Atlantic region.
On the women's side, several teams posted top-five finishes, including Michigan, which won the Great Lakes title, followed by Wisconsin in third and fifth-place Michigan State. Illinois and Minnesota tied for second in the Midwest, with Gopher runners placing second, third and fourth. Penn State took 14th in the Mid-Atlantic region.