Nov. 7, 2012
NCAA Midwest Regional Championships -- Official Website
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach April Likhite's Northwestern squad is prepped and ready to compete at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, set to go off at noon CT Friday. The 6K championship event will be hosted by Missouri State University -- the fifth time the Division I regional meet has been run in Springfield, Mo. -- with Northwestern featuring as one of 35 women's teams slated to compete.
Missouri State is one of nine regional sites hosting postseason competitions this weekend, with each site sending its top two teams and the top four individuals not on an advancing team to the national meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. The list of teams in Springfield includes squads from 10 different collegiate conferences, including the Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Conference USA, Great West, Horizon League, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Summit League.
The Wildcats last year nabbed fifth place as a team at the regional meet, up from 11th the year before and the best for Northwestern since placing second and advancing to the NCAA Championships in 2002. Both Audrey Huth and Lexie Goldsmith earned All-Region honors that afternoon, with Huth crossing in 16th overall and Goldsmith taking 24th.
This year, Likhite will be fielding one of her most experienced lineups in recent memory, with six of the seven Wildcats boasting at least one previous appearance at the NCAA Regional meet. Racing for NU will be:
Audrey Huth: 16th in 2011, 17th in 2010 (NCAA qualifier), 54th in 2009
Lexie Goldsmith: 24th in 2011, 72nd in 2010
Michelle Moriset: 53rd in 2010
Sophie Ewald: 32nd in 2011, 46th in 2008
Ann Powers: 67th in 2011
Lauren Neuschel: 107th in 2010
Libby Kocha: First NCAA Regional appearance
Jessie Baloga: Alternate
Two weeks ago, Moriset led the Wildcats in their seventh-place showing at the Big Ten Championships with her 6K time of 20:54, while Huth was next for NU in 21:01 and junior Ann Powers -- who was running her first event of the season -- checked in with a gutty performance of 21:19.
Iowa State, ranked No. 2 nationally, will be seeking its third straight women's regional championship, while Oklahoma State (No. 21) and Minnesota (No. 28) represent the other two top-30 ranked programs set to compete Friday at Missouri State.
Visit the official event website linked at the top of the page for complete meet and visitor information.
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