Good runners can go a lifetime without ever winning a collegiate cross country race. Even the best runners will often take their lumps for a few years before moving to the front of the pack.
Not Morgan Place.
The UMD sophomore will run her 16th collegiate cross country race on Saturday at Wayne State. She has won all but three of these races in her career. Place will try to avenge one of these “losses” at the NCAA Division II Central Regional meet on Saturday where she placed fourth last year.
So we ask DtB fantasy players ...
Yes/No: Will Morgan Place win the DII Central Regional Cross Country meet on Saturday?
Morgan Place is undefeated against D2 runners in 2009. The only two runners that have defeated Place this year are Ayla Mitchell of UW-Oshkosh and Marie Borner of Bethel, both at the Brooks Cross Country Invite at Winneconne, WI. Place finished fourth at Regions last year and went on to finish seventh at the D2 National meet. The three runners that finished ahead of place at Regions in 2008 all were seniors.
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My answer: No.
Last week’s Yes/No question was: Will Josh Moen run faster than 2:14:30 at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday? Moen was on track early and went through half marathon in 1:06:46, but eventually had to the abandon the race. Seven contestants answered "No" correctly. There is now a logjam in third place with five contestants tied with 18 points. The final yes/no contest of the year will be held in two weeks and will likely feature two questions.
Here's the current Yes/No top-10:
Doug Cowles - 27
Chad Bjugan - 20
Mitch Van Bruggen - 18
Lori Anne Peterson - 18
Nate Porath - 18
Ryan Aylesworth - 18
Mick Hondo - 18
Benjamin Melby - 16
Toby Hatlevig - 15
Rich Cowles - 15
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