Women’s cross country takes 6th

by The Minnesota Daily

Minnesota junior Darja Vasiljeva ran to one of the Gophers’ best individual finishes in the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championships, placing third in a time of 17 minutes, 39.0 seconds.

The Gophers placed sixth as a team at the meet and run at the Varsity Cross Country Course on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday.

Vasiljeva earned first-team All-Big Ten honors with her finish, adding the award to a second-team accolade captured in her freshman season in 2000.

Michigan edged Michigan State by just three points to capture the team crown by the closest margin in the 22-year Big Ten meet history.

Minnesota collected 123 points in placing sixth. The 49th-place finish of junior Laura Bjork hurt the Gophers’ effort. Bjork, projected as a top-20 finisher, competed in the race despite battling a respiratory aliment. She finished in a time of 18:53.0 and out of the team scoring.

“Having just one runner struggle made a huge difference,” coach Gary Wilson said. “It’s frustrating to have a season with so many injuries or illnesses affecting the team’s performance.”

Jen Hess was the second Gopher finisher, placing 22nd. Carly Emil placed 25th, and Zoe Nagell contributed a season-best time while placing 31st.

Sophomore Paula Hoffert completed the Gophers’ scoring contingent, placing 42nd in a time of 18:36.0.

The Gophers run at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Normal, Ill., on Nov. 16. Minnesota looks to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight season.

Men’s CC takes 5th

junior Andrew Carlson captured second-team All-Big Ten honors while the Gophers finished a disappointing fifth at the Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday.

Carlson covered the 8-km course in a time of 24 minutes, 27.1 seconds to place 10th and earn his first postseason conference honor.

Wisconsin had five runners finish in the top 10 to cruise to its fourth consecutive team title.

“We lost a lot of key battles we should have won,” coach Steve Plasencia said.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Malmin placed 16th, two places short of earning all-conference acclaim.

Senior Toby Henkels finished 22nd, while senior Will McComb took 24th place. Completing the scoring Gophers was sophomore Ryan Ford, who placed 36th.

The Gophers next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Normal, Ill., on Nov. 16. Minnesota, the defending regional champion, looks to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight season.

Soccer loses at Denver

minnesota’s soccer team ended its season Saturday with a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Denver in Colorado.

Minnesota managed just two shots in the first half, its only two of the game, compared to Denver’s six.

The Gophers finished 11th in the conference standings and will miss the Big Ten Tournament for the second consecutive season for the first time in program history.

With the loss, the Gophers saw their six-match win streak over non-conference opponents come to a close. Minnesota has lost 10 of its last 13 games and ended the conference season with its worst Big Ten record (1-9-0) in program history.