Five Big Ten Men's and Women's Teams Place in the Top 10 at NCAA Championships

Nov. 19, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Five Big Ten men's and women's cross country teams finished in the top 10 today in the NCAA Cross Country Championship.  Wisconsin's men's team and Michigan State's women's team led all Big Ten schools with fifth place finishes in their respective races.

In the men's 10K race, Minnesota was also a top 10 team finishing in eighth place.  Michigan took 24th while Indiana and Ohio State placed 28th and 30th, respectively.  Individually, Illinois' Trent Hoerr placed 16th overall and just under two seconds behind him in 17th was Wisconsin's Matt Withrow.

In the women's 6K competition, Illinois finished in 6th place just behind Michigan State, and rounding out the top 10 was Iowa in the 10th spot.  Minnesota was 12th and Wisconsin and Michigan took 20th and 21st, respectively.  The Big Ten had two representatives in the women's individual top 10.  Iowa's Diane Nukuri placed fourth overall with a time of 20:07.0, and in her shadow placing sixth was Michigan State's Nicole Bush covering the course in 20:13.4.

With Wisconsin leading the Big Ten with its top five finish, this is the ninth consecutive season the Badgers have had the highest conference finish in the NCAA Championships.  Michigan State's women's team paced all conference schools with its fifth place finish this year, and it is the first time since 1981 that the Spartans have led the conference in NCAA competition.

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