Three Big Ten Teams Place in Top 20 at NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships

Michigan State's Sara Kroll took 51st to lead the Spartans to 16th place.

Nov. 21, 2011

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State earned top-20 finishes at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships on Monday, bringing the 2011 season to a close. The Nittany Lions placed 13th at the national meet, while the Wolverines took 15th and the Spartans finished 16th. Wisconsin placed 24th and Minnesota took 27th to round out the group of competing Big Ten squads.

Penn State's Caitlin Lane, the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earned the top finish of the group of Big Ten runners, taking 16th place en route to All-America honors. Lane finished the 6,000-meter course in 20:04 to help the Nittany Lions to their best team finish since 1996. Lane is Penn State's 19th All-American and the first since 2009.

Danielle Tauro took 45th individually to lead the Wolverines, while Sara Kroll placed 51st to pace the Spartans.