Nov. 11, 2011
Big Ten men's and women's cross country teams travel to NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, 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 men's 10,000-meter races are set for Noon local time, while the women's 6,000-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. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin will compete in the Great Lakes Regional at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, the Northwestern women's team and Nebraska travel to Anderson Field in DeKalb, Ill., for the Midwest Regional, while Penn State represents the Big Ten at the Mid-Atlantic Regional at the Maryland-Eastern Shore Cross Country Course in Princess Anne, Md.
On the men's side, Big Ten Champion Wisconsin enters the regional as the top-ranked team in the country, while Indiana also boasts a top-10 ranking at No. 7. Minnesota checks in at No. 18, followed by No. 19 Michigan and No. 28 Ohio State.
The Big Ten also boasts multiple teams ranked regionally entering the weekend. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes region, followed by No. 2 Indiana, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State. Michigan State ranks eighth in the region, while Purdue holds No. 10. Minnesota brings a No. 3 ranking in the Midwest region into the competition, while Illinois stands at No. 6 and Iowa ranks 15th. Penn State is ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Five Big Ten women's teams boast national rankings heading into regionals, led by Big Ten Champion and 12th-ranked Michigan State. Michigan follows at No. 15, while Penn State checks in at No. 22, Wisconsin ranks 28th and Minnesota rounds out the poll at No. 30.
Michigan State boasts the top ranking in the Great Lakes region, while No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Indiana and No. 14 Purdue follow in the rankings entering the weekend. Minnesota ranks third in the Midwest region, followed by No. 4 Iowa, No. 6 Nebraska and No. 7 Northwestern, while Penn State holds No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic region.