Nov. 15, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Big Ten men's and women's cross country teams will all compete in various NCAA Regional Championships on Friday, looking to secure individual berths in the NCAA Championships. Six Big Ten teams will compete in the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis., while five squads will travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa. Penn State will compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa.
The top two teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. Additional teams and individual participants will be chosen through an at-large selection process, which will be announced on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will all travel to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course for the Great Lakes Regional, while Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will race at the Iowa State Cross Country Course at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Penn State will represent the Big Ten at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Entering regional competition, three Big Ten men's cross country teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Top 30. Big Ten Champion Indiana leads the way at No. 11, followed by No. 16 Michigan and No. 19 Wisconsin. Wisconsin will look to claim its 12th-straight regional championship. The Badgers have advanced to 41 NCAA Championships, which is a current NCAA record.
Four women's cross country teams are also nationally ranked. Big Ten Champion Michigan State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 14 Michigan, No. 16 Minnesota and No. 30 Penn State. Wisconsin and Michigan will both look to make their 25th NCAA Championship appearance.
The men's 10K race begins at 1 p.m. ET, while the women's 6K race is slated to begin at 2:15 p.m. ET.