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    Illini XC Picked No. 4 in Midwest Region

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    The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released preseason regional rankings for the NCAA Division I 2011 season on Monday. The Illinois men's cross country squad was ranked fourth in the Midwest Region. The Illini, who placed fifth at the 2010 Midwest Regional, checked in only behind Minnesota (3rd), Oklahoma (2nd) and Oklahoma State (1st). The Orange and Blue will kick off the fall season with the Illini Challenge at the UI Arboretum on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

    Rank School Location Conference
    2010 FINAL
    1 Oklahoma State Stillwater, Okla. Big 12
    2
    2 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Big 12
    1
    3 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. Big Ten
    3
    4 Illinois Champaign, Ill. Big Ten
    5
    5 Tulsa Tulsa, Okla. Conference USA
    6
    6 Iowa State Ames, Iowa Big 12
    4
    7 Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten
    7
    8 South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. Summit League
    8
    9 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. Missouri Valley
    9
    10 Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. Big Ten
    10
    11 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Big 12
    11
    12 Drake Des Moines, Iowa Missouri Valley
    17
    13 Illinois Chicago Chicago, Ill. Horizon
    12
    14 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. Summit League
    13
    15 Loyola-Chicago Chicago, Ill. Horizon
    14

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