Nov. 22, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Big Ten men's cross country wrapped up the 2010 season at the NCAA Championships on Monday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. Wisconsin captured the best finish among conference teams, taking third place. Indiana followed in seventh place, while Minnesota finished 27th and Penn State took 30th.
Six Big Ten runners were named All-Americans after finishing in the top 40. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed led the way, finishing the 10-kilometer race in 30:03.4 to earn a 12th place finish. Fellow Badgers Maverick Darling (13th, 30:07.6) and Landon Peacock (20th, 30:15.3) followed closely behind. Iowa's Jeff Thode (30th, 30:21.4), Indiana's Andrew Poore (38th, 30:28.4) and Minnesota's Ben Blankenship (39th, 30:29.3) also earned All-America status.
The third-place finish marks the 14th consecutive top-10 performance by the Badgers and their highest finish since taking second in 2006. Indiana's seventh-place performance marks the first top-10 finish for the Hoosiers since 1987.