As we wait for the 11:05 CST start of the NCAA Division I men's championships -- with the women to follow at 11:55 -- here are some cross country tidbits to keep us occupied ...
From the NCAA Division III meet at St. Olaf ... Where, on the men's side, St. John's Chris Erichsen (pictured) finished 3rd overall and Bethel's Dan Greeno and Carl Gladitsch were also all-Americans. The Johnnie men finished 13th in the team standings; Carleton was 23rd. For women, St. Thomas finished 25th, St. Olaf was 30th. Bethel's Marie Borner and Nikki Umhoefer were all-Americans as was St.Thomas' Katie Theisen.
From the Division II Championships ... Minnesota State - Mankato's men finished a strong 5th, led by Denise Mokaya's 15th place finish. James Krajsa was 33rd. Augustana's Rachel Stangler, an Albany, Minnesota native, finished 7th for women.
And, in anticipation of the Division I meet ... Here's the latest form the Gopher sports information staff -- previews of what could be an excellent meet for the two programs.
Photo by Gene Niemi.