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COLLEGE CLIPBOARD: 2014 Preseason WNIT field announced

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — On Tuesday, UND announced it will play in the 2014 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

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On Wednesday, the event announced the rest of the 16-team field.

Nine of the 16 teams are coming off postseason appearances including five teams in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT.

The field features Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

Six teams in this year’s field are making their first appearance in the Preseason WNIT (Albany, Central Arkansas, Jackson State, Mercer, North Dakota, Rider, and St. Francis Brooklyn).

The Preseason WNIT is formatted to give all teams a three-game guarantee. The event opens Nov. 14-15 with the first round. The second round will be played Nov. 16-17, while semifinals will be Nov. 19-20 and the championship is set for Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. The championship game will be nationally televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools. The official tournament bracket with first-round opponents, game dates and times will be announced in June.

CROSS COUNTRY

UND to host

Big Sky meet

UND will host the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championship in 2014, highlighting next year’s schedule that was announced Tuesday.

The 2014 season will mark UND’s third as a member of the Big Sky Conference and it will be Dick Clay’s 30th as the coach for the men’s and women’s cross country programs at UND.

“We’re going to have some of the nation’s top teams – Northern Arizona (men) finished second nationally – in Grand Forks,” said Clay.

 The meet will be held Nov. 1 at Ray Richards Golf Course. Ray Richards also will be the site of the annual UND Ron Pynn Classic on Oct. 18.

Road meets for UND will include North Dakota State’s Bison Open (Aug. 29), Nebraska’s Woody Greeno Invitational (Sept. 20), and South Dakota State’s SDSU Classic (Oct. 4).

The 2014 season ends with the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Championship in Peoria, Ill. (Nov. 14), followed by the NCAA Division I Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. (Nov. 22).

PREP GOLF

Riders, Knights make state

WAHPETON, N.D. — Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central finished fifth and sixth at the East Region tournament on Wednesday, grabbing the final two spots at next week’s state meet.

Eighth-grader Gavin Loscheider’s 76 led the Roughriders to a fifth-place finish with 327. Adam Van Raden, an all-conference selection, shot an 83 for the Riders. The Knights finished two strokes back. Central’s Riley Peterson, an all-conference pick, led the way with a 78.

West Fargo won the meet with a total of 307. Packer golfer Riley Johnson was the medalist, shooting a 72 at Bois de Sioux Golf Course in Wahpeton.

“The weather was great but the scores weren’t that good in Wahpeton,” Red River coach Merle Mikkelsen said. “There’s trouble there. There are trees and it’s a little tighter than some of the other courses. The team scores were a little high.”

The state meet is Tuesday and Wednesday at Jamestown Country Club.

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