Nov. 12, 2011
Two Big Ten women's cross country teams and three individual runners earned berths to the NCAA Championships after finishing at or near the top of their respective regional championships on Saturday. After winning the Great Lakes Regional, Michigan advanced to the national championships as a team, while Big Ten Champion Michigan State followed in second to earn a spot.
Minnesota's Stephanie Price, Penn State's Caitlin Lane and Wisconsin's Caitlin Comfort each received automatic berths after turning in top-10 performances individually. Price placed sixth at the Midwest Regional, while Lane took sixth at the Mid-Atlantic Regional and Comfort finished third at the Great Lakes Regional.
Seven Big Ten runners finished in the top 10 at the Great Lakes Regional, with the Wolverines' Danielle Tauro and Rebecca Addison taking the top two spots to help Michigan earn their eighth regional crown. Michigan State followed in second, while Wisconsin finished fourth, Ohio State took sixth, Indiana followed in seventh and Purdue placed 14th.
Minnesota led all Big Ten teams at the Midwest Regional, placing third. Iowa followed in fourth, while Northwestern took fifth, Nebraska finished sixth and Illinois took 15th. Penn State earned a fourth-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
The complete NCAA Championships field, including the two Big Ten teams and three individual runners who claimed automatic bids, will be announced on Sunday. The championships are set for Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.