Cross Country Travels to Illinois for Conference Championships
Oct. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country team opens its championship season on Sunday, Oct. 30, when it travels to the 2011 Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Urbana, Ill. Action begins at 11:45 a.m. ET with the men's race, followed by the women at 12:45 p.m. ET.
The meet will be contested on the campus of the University of Illinois at the University of Illinois Arboretum. Admission is free for the event.
Fans unable to attend the event live can enjoy the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on television tape delayed on Friday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. ET on BTN.
Big Ten Championships History - Men
Last year, the men finished fifth as a team with a score of 141. The top individual finisher was Ben Miller who placed 16th overall with a career-best 28:08.4 mark. The Spartans look to make up for the loss of three of their top four runners with only five returning runners from 2010.
Big Ten Championships History - Women
In 2010, the women placed tops as a team with 74 points, the highest winning score in conference history. Individually, Emily MacLeod was first in the race when she clocked in at 20:41. MSU returns all but two runners from last year's conference meet.
Where We Rank
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly poll, the women find themselves ranked 15th after their strong performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. Regionally, the women continue to sit atop the Great Lakes Region standings, while also holding the best national ranking in the Big Ten Conference. This mark's the highest ranking for the women since Nov. 18, 2008, when MSU finished the season ranked No. 13 nationally.
On the men's side, MSU is currently sixth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings.
Last Time Out
Elizabeth Watson placed fifth with a time of 18:10.14 to lead all MSU runners. Devan John followed Watson in sixth, finishing in 18:11.27. Meggan Freeland was the third Spartan to cross as she posted a time of 18:23.81.
Unattached Lindsey Clark was the top female finisher, clocking in at 17:52.20.
Travis Borchard was the top finisher in the Green and White, clocking in at 16:12.19. Stephen Humes finished a little over a second behind Borchard with his time of 16:13.09. Matt McSween rounded out the men when he crossed in 16:23.94.
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