Nov. 12, 2011
Two Big Ten teams and five individual runners advanced to the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships based on their finish at the regional championships on Saturday. Wisconsin earned a first place finish and Indiana took second at the Great Lakes Regional to claim spots in the national race, while Illinois' Jim Riddle, Iowa's Jeff Thode, Michigan's Craig Forys, Minnesota's Hassan Mead and Penn State's Kyle Dawson each earned berths to the championships individually.
Five Wisconsin runners finished in the top 12 to lead the top-ranked Badgers to their 10th consecutive regional title, while the Hoosiers placed three in the top seven en route to the automatic berth. Forys took third place to lead all Big Ten runners and qualify for the national championships. Michigan finished third at the regional, followed by Ohio State in fifth, Michigan State in ninth and Purdue in 10th.
Mead led the way for the conference contingent at the Midwest Regional, taking first place individually. Thode followed in eighth, while Riddle placed 12th to earn spots at the championships. Minnesota finished fourth in the team standings, while Illinois followed in fifth, Iowa took ninth and Nebraska placed 14th. Dawson led Penn State to a fourth-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, taking ninth individually.
The complete NCAA Championships field, including the two Big Ten teams and five individual runners who claimed automatic bids, will be announced on Sunday. The championships are set for Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.