Team USA's Emily Brown, fresh off a third place finish at the USATF XC Championships last weekend in San Diego, will be one of the featured competitors as the University of Minnesota's women's team hosts the final tune-up meet before the upcoming Big Ten Women's Indoor Championships that will be held here March 1-2. The women Gophers are currently ranked seventh in the USTFCCCA poll among Division I teams.
Michigan is ranked ahead of them at number 5 and Penn State is right behind at number eight, forshadowing an interesting tussle for the team title next weekend at The Barn. Tickets for the meet are available online at www.gophersports.com of via phone at 612 624-8080 or 1-800-GOPHER.
Because of the upcoming Big Ten meet, the U's middle distance and distance runners will skip the meet, avoiding a chance for Jamie Cheever, who has set U of M records three times this season, to meet Brown in the women's mile. Brown's best for the distance is 4:37, while Cheever set the school record February 10 at the Meyo Invitational running 4:39.54.
Field events get underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the first running event at 10:45 a.m. The mile will be run in seven sections, starting at 12:10 p.m. . Brown will be running in the first section. The meet will also be a showcase for the MIAC schools, whose athletes make up the majority of the fields.