Nov. 22, 2013
Three Big Ten men's cross country teams raced in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, with two teams earning top 10 finishes. Indiana, which was paced by Evan Esselink (30:51.9) and Jason Crist (30:53.9), placed eighth with 306 points. Wisconsin finished ninth with 326 points and was led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Malachy Schrobilgen (30:39.1) and Alex Brill (30:50.6). Michigan was paced by Mason Ferlic (30:32.8) and Mark Beams (31:13.2), finishing 21st with 433 points. Ferlic was the first Big Ten finisher at the championships, placing 22nd individually.
Six women's cross country squads competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, with two teams finishing in the top 10. Michigan finished fourth with 215 points and was led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Erin Finn (20:40.3) and Shannon Osika (20:56.6). Finn was the first Big Ten finisher at the championships, placing 30th individually. Michigan State, which was paced by Leah O'Connor (20:49.1) and Rachele Schulist (20:53.9), placed sixth with 236 points. Minnesota placed 20th at the competition with 406 points and was led by Laura Docherty (20:58.2) and Maggie Bollig (21:22.4). Wisconsin's Emma-Lisa Murphy (20:42.8) and Sarah Disanza (21:20.5) helped the Badgers place 21st with 489 points. Penn State finished 25th with 640 points and was led by Emily Giannotti (21:23.2) and Leigha Anderson (21:38.5). Indiana's Samantha Ginther (21:13.8) and Amanda Behnke (21:33.9) helped the Hoosiers place 26th with 673 points.
For official men's results, click here.
For official women's results, click here.
Three Big Ten men's cross country teams raced in the 10K, while the women's 6K race is underway. For live results, click here.
The men's 10K race is underway, while the women's 6K race is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. ET. For live results, click here.
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten will be well-represented at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, as six women's teams and three men's squads are set to compete. Six individual participants from Big Ten schools will also race in the championships, which will be held at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
The eighth-ranked Michigan women's cross country team will be making its 12th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. No. 14 Michigan State will appear in its 15th championship race, while No. 16 Minnesota will compete in its 17th NCAA Championship. The 22nd-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will make their fifth consecutive trip to the championships, while No. 28 Wisconsin will compete for the first time since 2011. Indiana is making its first appearance since 2009.
Illinois' Alyssa Schneider and Ohio State's Katie Borchers will travel to the women's championships as individuals.
The Michigan men's team heads into the NCAA Championships ranked No. 13 and will make its 29th appearance in the event. No. 17 Wisconsin will make its 42nd consecutive trip after placing second at last year's championships, while No. 20 Indiana will compete for the fourth consecutive time.
Illinois' Jannis Toepfer, Michigan State's Caleb Rhynard, Penn State's Matt Fischer and Purdue's Matthew McClintock will race in the men's championships as individuals.
The men's 10K race will begin at Noon ET, followed by the women's 6K race at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET.