Nov. 12, 2010
Big Ten cross country travels to NCAA Regionals this weekend, with all 10 conference squads looking for berths to the NCAA Championships. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin head to the Great Lakes Regional in Rochester, Mich., while Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota travel to the Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill. Penn State will host the Mid-Atlantic Regional in University Park, Pa.
The top two teams in each of this weekend's nine regional races will advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23. Each regional's top four runners not on a qualifying team will also advance to the national race. The NCAA will select 13 at-large teams as well as two at-large individuals that did not qualify at regionals to compete in the championships.
Four Big Ten men's teams enter the weekend ranked in the USTFCCCA national top-30 poll. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin leads the way at No. 5, followed by Indiana at No. 12, Minnesota at No. 24 and Penn State at No. 26. Michigan State and Ohio State are also receiving votes.
Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in the Great Lakes region with No. 2 Indiana, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 13 Michigan rounding out the top 15. No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Illinois and No. 7 Iowa represent the conference in the Midwest region. Penn State checks in at No. 2 in the Mid-Atlantic region.
On the women's side, four teams hold national rankings entering regional competition. Big Ten Champion Michigan State checks in at No. 16 with No. 18 Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota and No. 28 Penn State also earning rankings. Indiana and Ohio State are also receiving at least one vote.
No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Michigan lead the way in the Great Lakes regional poll, followed by Indiana at No. 4, Ohio State at No. 5 and Wisconsin at No. 11. Minnesota ranks second in the Midwest with No. 5 Iowa, No. 10 Illinois and No. 11 Northwestern also checking in. Penn State enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic region.