Oct. 30, 2011
Final Team Standings
Site: Champaign, Ill. (University of Illinois Arboretum)
Outcome: Northwestern 8th/12
Next NU Event: NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 12 DeKalb, Ill.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bolstered by an All-Big Ten performance by junior Audrey Huth, Northwestern earned an eighth-place finish in the team standings at the 2011 Big Ten Cross Country Championships hosted by Illinois Saturday, its best showing at the conference meet since placing seventh in 2002.
Huth, who took 20th at the event as a sophomore in 2010, topped that effort by crossing in 10th position Saturday to automatically earn the first all-conference honors of her career. Huth, NU's first representative on the All-Big Ten team since Rachel Evjen in 2002, came within one second of matching her own school-record 6K time, crossing in 20:38.
Huth officially landed on the All-Big Ten second team; place-winners 1-7 make up the first-team all-conference squad, while 8-14 are credited with second-team recognition.
"I am very proud of the overall team performance today," said head coach April Likhite. "Audrey's finish was a huge highlight along with our improvement from last year. We raced with confidence and applied what we have been doing all year to the championship race."
Northwestern wrapped up the day with 213 points, 11 behind conference newcomer Nebraska for seventh but enough to stand ahead of Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue and host Illinois. Michigan State, meanwhile, came away with its second consecutive Big Ten title.
Sophomore Lexie Goldsmith lowered her previous best 6K time by 11 seconds, crossing in 21:11 to claim 38th in the individual standings. Senior Rachel Kaminski also managed to set a new personal record as she finished 50th among scoring competitors with her time of 21:28.
Sophie Ewald crossed in 21:41 -- three seconds shy of her PR -- to take 56th among scorers while sophomore Ann Powers rounded out Northwestern's point-getters for the day as she cut 15 seconds off her personal best to finish in 21:44, good for 58th overall.
Four other Wildcats were on the starting line Saturday, including Ashley Greenwell, who dropped more than 15 seconds off her personal best in her first career trip to the conference championships, crossing in 21:45. Molly Waterhouse finished just a second behind Greenwell in 62nd position.
Junior Lauren Neuschel was another Wildcat who lowered her career-best 6K time on Saturday, finishing in 21:52, while sophomore Michelle Moriset posted a time of 22:17.
Northwestern, currently ranked No. 5 in the USTFCCCA Midwest Region, will attempt to continue its improvement in championship season when it travels to Northern Illinois for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships meet on Saturday, Nov. 12.
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