The University of Minnesota cross country teams will be underdogs in the NCAA Division I Midwest Region, if preseason rankings are valid.
The Gopher women, Midwest Regional champs in 2009, are ranked #2 at the start of the 2010 season, behind I-35 rivals Iowa State. The Cyclones finished third regionally last year.
Iowa and Nebraska are ranked #3 and #4 in the women's poll.
The Gopher men are looking up at three regional teams in their rankings: #1 Oklahoma State, #2 Oklahoma, and #3 Iowa State. The 2010 rankings reflect the order of finish at last year's Midwest Regional through the first four places.
The Gopher women open their 2010 season on Saturday when they host their intrasquad meet at Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights.
The Gopher men open on Satuday at the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo, Utah.
Griak to Enter Duluth Hall of Fame ... Former University of Minnesota men's cross country and tack coach Roy Griak will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on September 15.
The Duluth News-Tribune wrote a nice piece, HERE, about the 86-year-old Duluth native still serves as an administrative assistant to the Gopher program.