#1 versus #4 ... The race of the weekend pits the #4 Minnesota Golden Gopher women against #1 Stanford at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana.
In the event which splits the loaded Division I field into two sections, Minnesota faces #7 Rice, #9 Michigan State (with Minnesotan Sarah Price), #11 Florida State, #14 Colorado State, #16 Boston College, #22 Georgetown, and #25 Wisconsin (with Hanna Grinaker) along with two-time defending NCAA Champions Stanford ... and their Minnesotan's Alex Gits and Shannon Bergstedt.
The Big Ten web-site just printed THIS nice feature on the Gophers' Ladia Albertson-Junkans.
The #24 Gopher men run in a Pre-Nats section with defending NCAA Champs Colorado, currently ranked #3 in D1, as well as #5 Stanford (with the brothers Heath), #7 Notre Dame (with Jake Watson), #10 North Carolina State, #14 Providence, #16 William & Mary, #18 Michigan, and #20s Arizona State and UTEP.
And there's a bunch of other action this weekend as well ...
High School Conference Meets: Collected Results
DeSales University Invitational (St Thomas women compete): Results
Update: Tommie women romp; Theisen, Russ finish 1-2.
Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational (in La Crosse): Results
Update: Men ... St. John's 4th, UMD 6th, Hamline 10th ... Erichsen 2nd in 25:00.
Update: Women ... Gopher "JV" wins, St. Olaf 6th, Gustavus 11th.
UW-Oshkosh Invitational (Bethel, Macalester men compete): Results
Update: Bethel women 5th, Borner 3rd in 21:22, Umhoefer 5th.
Update: Macalester men 13th, Greeno 21st in 24:59.
NCAA Pre-Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.): Results
Update: Gopher women 4th in "White Section," Stanford wins big -- Gits 31st in 20:58.
Update: Gopher men 7th in section w/o Torchia, Rombough runs best-ever U of M 8K XC -- 23:40
Lewis & Clark Pioneer Open (in Oregon, Carleton competes): Results
Update: Carleton men win big, Sepe, Kennedy finish 2-3; Carleton women 3rd.
Charities Challenge-Challenge Aging 5K: Results
IAAF World Road Running Championships: Results
Update: McGregor 27th in 1:12:01.