The last time I posted a news round-up I dedicated it to someone who'd said something nice to me about DtB in the days before. In keeping with that tradition, today's news is dedicated to the Schoen brothers who shared some kind words about this web-site when I met them at the MIAC meet this weekend.
Minnesotans Afar ... More than a few Minnesota "expatriots" made contributions to their out-of-state college teams over the weekend. Bria Wetsch helped the Oregon women to a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 meet with a 16th place finish. Garrett and Elliott Heath were 29th and 35th, respectively, in men's competition there, where Stanford was 2nd in the men's field. Tom Burke was 10th in the Colonial Athletic Association for William and Mary. Jake Watson finished 12th for Notre Dame at the Big East meet.
Sectional Wrap-Up ... Since it appears our readers are as concerned as we are about having more top teams advance to the high school State Meet in Minnesota -- with four hours left to vote, more than 70% of DtB voters prefer a different qualifying system than the one we have now -- here's the final break-down who's in and out of State.
In Class AA, seven top-12-ranked boys and girls squads (before Sections) were left on the outside looking at State. The (currently) #7-ranked Edina Hornets and #8 Armstrong boys and the #9-ranked Woodbury girls are the outsiders with the best credentials.
In Class A, five ranked teams are done for the season. Most notably, the #2-ranked Plainview Elgin-Millville boys who finished a close third in Section 1A, but, like then-#2 -ranked Wayzata last year, must be content with spectating on November 3.
Six un-ranked Class AA boys teams will toe the line at State; five un-ranked Class AA girls squads will do the same. In Class A, four un-ranked boys and girls teams will compete in each race.
The 2008 MIAC Meet ... Call it a habit left over form my coaching days in the conference -- I coached at Gustavus Adolphus in the late-80s and early 90s -- but I couldn't keep myself from scoring Saturday's MIAC meet without this year's seniors. There's lots of cross country left to be run this season, but it is fun to peek ahead, too.
It looks like there could be some changes afoot. If the senior-less numbers hold, Bethel University could win its first-ever MIAC cross country crown. Their men lead the 2008 prognostications with 53 points returning, followed by St. Olaf with 85, Hamline 102, St.Thomas 108, Carleton 124, 2007 champs St. John's 134, Gustavus 152, Macalester 213.
On the women's side the order looks a bit more familiar ... St. Olaf 65, Carleton 73, 2007 champs St. Thomas 101, St. Ben's 135, Bethel 138, Gustavus 143, Macalester 147, and Hamline 153.