Friday, October 16, 2009

How Will the Gopher Women Fare?

On Saturday, the Gophers cross country teams will face impressive competition at the Pre-NCAA meet at Indiana State. The meet's two women's races will feature 19 nationally-ranked teams, while the two men's races will feature 20. The Gophers Men and Women, ranked #30 and #8, respectively, will both be competing in the "White" races.

Saturday's races, held on the same course where the top teams will run the NCAA Division I Championships in November, will go a long way towards establishing a national pecking order for 2009.

This week we will focus on the Gopher women and specifically their depth at Pre-NCAAs. As befitting a top 10 team, the Gophers boast the requisite front-runner (Megan Duwell) as well as a strong chase pack. The Gophers placed 6 runners in the top 15 at the Griak Meet. So we want you to let us know how the Gopher women will fare on an even bigger stage this week:

Yes/No: Will the top 5 Gophers women finish among the top 60 in the White Race at Pre-NCAA's on Saturday?

The Gopher expect the following to make up their varsity at pre-NCAAs:

-- Heather Dorniden (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Rosemount): The middle distance superstar finished 81st at the 2008 Pre-NCAA Meet.

-- Megan Duwell (Sr., West Bend, Wis./West Bend West): In 2008, Duwell finished 18th at this meet and ended the year as an All-American.

-- Amy Laskowske (Sr., Palatine, Ill./Palatine): The 2009 10000 Meter All-American finished 52nd at Pre-NCAA's in 2008.

-- Nikki Swenson (Jr., Dawson, Minn./Dawson-Boyd): Swenson is a 2:07 800 meter runner and ran in the open race at Pre-NCAA's last year. Swenson was the #2 runner for the Gophers at the Griak meet.

-- Mallory Van Ness (Sr., Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View/Missouri): Van Ness finished 46th at the Pre-NCAA's in 2008.

-- Elizabeth Yetzer (Sr., Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North): The 4:18 1500 meter runner has finished as high as 24th at the Pre-NCAA meet (2007).

-- Kayla Wagner (Fr., Baldwin, Wis./Baldwin-Woodville): The first-year star finished 13th at the Griak Meet.

2008 Pre-NCAA results are HERE.

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My answer: Yes

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1 comment:

Doug said...

It was close, but the Gophers pulled it off. All five runners finished in the top 60, the correct answer is Yes this week.
Nikki Swenson was the fifth runner and ended up in 58th place (3/10s of second away from not finishing the top 60)

Results of the Pre-NCAA meet can be found at his address: