Michigan State Cross Country Returns to Madison for NCAA Regionals
Nov. 8, 2012
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State cross country team will continue its championship season on Friday, Nov. 9, when it travels to the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, Wis. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET with the women's 6,000-meter race, followed by the men's 10,000-meter race at 1:15 p.m. ET.
The meet will be contested on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.
The top-two teams from each of the nine regionals automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, which are held November 17 in Louisville, Ky. thirteen at-large teams will also receive qualifying bids.
Individually, the top-four student-athletes that are not part of a qualifying team will receive invitations to compete in the NCAA Championships, along with two at-large selections. Also, the top-24 runners in each race will receive All-Region honors.
NCAA Regionals History - Men
NCAA Regionals History - Women
Last year, Sara Kroll recorded the Spartans' fastest time of 20:37.30, good for fourth-place overall. Kroll led MSU to a second-place finish, and as a result of the team's success, Michigan State earned an automatic bid to its 13th-consecutive NCAA appearance, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
Post Season Honors
Where We Rank
On the men's side, MSU is currently sixth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings.
Last Time Out
Kroll was first overall to cross the finish line with a personal-best time of 20:13 to earn first-team all-conference honors. Redshirt freshman Leah O'Connor also made the first-team all-conference, recording a time of 20:25 to place fourth overall. Redshirt senior Rachel McFarlane received second-team all-conference honors as she finished 14th overall in 20:45.
Freshman Caleb Rhynard was the top MSU runner for the men, recording a time of 24:22 for 19th place.
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