Women's Cross Country Travels to NCAA Championships
Nov. 18, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's cross country team concludes its season when it travels to the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet is hosted by Indiana State and the women's race s scheduled to begin at 12:58 p.m.
The women will be making their 11th straight NCAA Cross Country Championships appearance as a team, the longest active streak in the Big Ten Conference. This is also the 13th-consecutive year MSU has had at least one individual competing in the race.
MSU qualified as a team after placing second at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Individually, the top-40 runners in each race will receive All-America honors.
NCAA Championships History - Women
Last year, the Spartans placed 23rd with a team total of 481 points. Emily MacLeod recorded the Spartans' top individual finish when she crossed the line in 20:48.1, earning All-America honors with a 37th-place finish.
Post Season Honors
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 placing second at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. This marks the highest ranking for the Green and White since Nov. 4, 2008, when the Spartans found themselves ranked 10th nationally.
Last Time Out
Junior Katie Haines was the third Spartan to finish today in Toledo, finishing in 20:59.8 for 15th-place overall. Capping off the scoring for MSU was a pair of seniors in Rebekah Smeltzer and Rachel McFarlane. Smeltzer clocked in a 21:10.0 for 22nd, while McFarlane finished 27th with a time of 21:20.6.
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