Nov. 14, 2013
NCAA Midwest Regional Central
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University cross country team steps back into postseason competition Friday afternoon at the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Ames, Iowa.
The meet begins at noon with the men’s 10K run, while the women’s 6K race gets underway at 1:15 p.m. on the Iowa State Cross Country Course.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Regionals,” said NIU head coach Greg Hipp. “The competition level is high and it’s a challenge we are excited about.”
After hosting the Huskie Open last Friday, NIU will look to bounce back from a tough showing at the MAC Championships two weeks ago. Despite a 37th-place finish from Meghan Heuer, the Huskies finished in 11th place as a team, beating out Ball State.
Looking ahead to Friday, the Huskies will face a field of 36 other teams that includes some of the nation’s best. Highlighting the field are host and seventh-ranked Iowa State and 15th-ranked Minnesota, in addition to regional top-five teams Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Southern Illinois. At last year’s NCAA Midwest Regional, NIU took a 27th-place finish at Missouri State.
The top two teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team move on to the NCAA Championships, held in Terre Haute, Ind. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process following the regional competition.