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    Northwestern Ready for Big Ten Championships at Illinois

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Lauren Neuschel is one of nine NU runners headed to Champaign for the 2011 Big Ten Championships.
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    Lauren Neuschel is one of nine NU runners headed to Champaign for the 2011 Big Ten Championships.
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    Oct. 28, 2011

    Event: 2011 Big Ten Cross Country Championships
    Site: Champaign, Ill. • U of I Arboretum
    Date: Sunday, Oct. 30 • 11:45 a.m.
    Event Website: FightingIllini.com

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern already has put together a season marked by strong team finishes and individual personal bests, but the stakes are raised this weekend when the Wildcats take the line at the 2011 Big Ten Cross Country Championships hosted by Illinois. The women's 6K race will go off at 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the U of I Arboretum in Champaign.

    Northwestern enters the conference championship meet touting one of its highest regional rankings in recent history having moved up to No. 5 in the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional polls. The Big Ten features prominently in both the regional and national polls: conference teams occupy five of the top seven spots in the Great Lakes region and four of the top six in the Midwest, with four Big Ten squads earning a national ranking.

    Below is the list of runners competing for NU this weekend along with their career-best 6K finishes (cross country only) and previous seasons in which they competed in the Big Ten Championships:

    Sophie Ewald: 21:38 • 2008
    Lexie Goldsmith: 21:22 • 2010
    Ashley Greenwell: 22:03 • First conference meet
    Audrey Huth: 20:37 • 2009, 2010
    Rachel Kaminski: 21:36 • 2008
    Michelle Moriset: 21:22 • 2010
    Lauren Neuschel: 22:17 •2010
    Ann Powers: 21:59 • 2010
    Molly Waterhouse: 21:39 • 2010

     

     

    Looking Back
    A year ago at the Big Ten Championships, Northwestern was led by a 20th place finish by then-sophomore Audrey Huth, marking the highest finish by a Wildcat at the conference meet since 2003. Huth clocked in at 20:57.7, a time that she would best by a full 20 seconds two weeks later at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships meet.

    Also scoring points for NU at that meet was then-freshman Michelle Moriset (21:21.8) and Molly Waterhouse (21:46) as well as Abby Tracy (22:09) and Julia Buford.

    Complete results from Sunday's meet will be posted to NUsports.com as well as the Championships homepage on FightingIllini.com linked at the top of this release.

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