Michigan State Cross Country Hosts Big Ten Championships
Oct. 25, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country teams opens their championship season on Sunday, Oct. 28, as they host the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships . Action begins at 10:45 a.m. ET with the women's 6K race, followed by the men's 8K race at 11:45 p.m. ET.
The meet will be held at Forest Akers East Golf Course. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and is free to students and children. Parking will be available in the commuter Lot 89 located off of Mt. Hope Road.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. and the only meet entrance will be at the north end of the golf course off of Mt. Hope Road near the parking lot. Handicap parking will be available at the golf course on a first come, first serve basis.
Fans unable to attend the event live can enjoy the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on television tape delayed on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. ET on BTN.
Big Ten Championships History - Men
Last year, the men finished eighth as a team with a score of 191. The top individual finisher was David Madrigal who placed 24th overall with a career-best 24:27 mark. The Spartans return all but one runner from last year's conference meet.
Big Ten Championships History - Women
In 2011, the women placed tops as a team with 55 points. Individually, Julia Otwell was first in the race when she clocked in at 20:30, good for fifth-place overall. MSU returns all but two runners from last year's conference meet.
Where We Rank
On the men's side, MSU is currently seventh in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings.
The women face a tough field, including three other teams ranked in the national poll. No. 7 Michigan, who sits atop the Great Lakes Regional poll, as well as No. 13 Penn State and No. 25 Minnesota.
Last Time Out
True freshman Alexa Rumsey, running unattached, placed third in the women's 5K and crossed the finish line in 18.09. Close behind was sophomore Melanie Brender as the top MSU finisher with a time of 18:16. 30, good for fifth place.
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