Nov. 8, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill. -
Big Ten men's and women's cross country teams travel to NCAA Regional Championships on Friday, with all 12 schools spreading out to three regional sites looking for berths to the NCAA Championships. Six conference squads travel to the Great Lakes Regional, while five teams head to the Midwest Regional and one travels to the Mid-Atlantic Regional. The women's 6,000-meter races are set for Noon local time, while the men's 10,000-meter races follow at 1:15 p.m.
The top two teams, along with the top four individuals not on one of the top two teams, at each regional will advance to compete in the NCAA Championships. The national race will be held on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will compete in the Great Lakes Regional at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, the Northwestern women's team and Nebraska travel to Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., for the Midwest Regional, while Penn State represents the Big Ten at the Mid-Atlantic Regional on its home course in University Park, Pa.
On the men's side, defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin enters the regional as the top-ranked Big Ten team in the country at No. 6, while Michigan checks in at No. 12 and Indiana appears at No. 20.
The Big Ten also boasts multiple teams ranked among their respective regions entering the weekend. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes region, followed by No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana. Michigan State ranks sixth in the region, while Purdue holds No. 11. Illinois brings a No. 4 ranking in the Midwest region into the competition, Minnesota stands at No. 8 and Iowa ranks 13th. Penn State is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Four Big Ten women's teams boast national rankings heading into regionals, led by Big Ten Champion and sixth-ranked Michigan. Michigan State follows at No. 11, while Penn State checks in at No. 15 and Minnesota rounds out the poll at No. 28.
Michigan boasts the top ranking in the Great Lakes region, while No. 2 Michigan State, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Indiana and No. 12 Purdue follow in the poll entering the weekend. Minnesota ranks third in the Midwest region, followed by No. 5 Northwestern, No. 7 Illinois and No. 9 Iowa, while Penn State holds No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region.