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Rankings show loaded field for Wisconsin adidas Invitational


By Cristin Fitzpatrick
UW Athletic Communications

This year's Wisconsin adidas Invitational promises to be one for the record books. The University of Wisconsin men's and women's cross country teams play host to the third-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 14.

The meet will feature competition from some of the country's top teams. Both men's and women's groups will see two of the top three ranked teams in the country.

Out of the 40 teams competing, the men's section features 19 teams from U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national top 30 preseason rankings, including No. 2 Stanford and the host Badgers at No. 3.

The 41-team women's race features 18 of the nation's top 30 teams, including No. 2 New Mexico and No. 3 Providence.

The Badger men took second in last year's competition with a final score of 75 points, led by then-junior Elliot Krause's fourth-place finish. Indiana claimed the team win in the 8-kilometer race with 43 points.

The women pulled out a 15th-place team finish among the 20 teams that competed, including six ranked in the USTFCCCA national poll. Then-junior pacesetter Caitlin Comfort finished strong for the Badgers as the lead finisher among UW runners returning for the 2011 season.

The Zimmer Championship Course looks to some steep competition, with a combined 37 of the country's top men's and women's teams prepared for the gun. That field includes defending men's meet champion Indiana (No. 8) and defending women's champion Syracuse (No. 15).

2011 Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Competing Teams Ranked by USTFCCCA - Men

2. Stanford
3. Wisconsin
4. Oregon
8. Indiana
11. Princeton
12. Northern Arizona
13. NC State
14. Syracuse
16. BYU
17. Villanova
18. Providence
21. New Mexico
22. Georgetown
23. Notre Dame
24. Texas
25. Ohio State
26. Florida
27. Minnesota
29. Arizona State

2011 Wisconsin adidas Invitational
Competing Teams Ranked by USTFCCCA - Women

2. New Mexico
3. Providence
5. Villanova
7. Stanford
8. Arizona
10. Iowa State
11. Washington
12. North Carolina
15. Syracuse
16. Oregon
18. Boston College
21. NC State
22. Princeton
22. Florida
27. Toledo
28. Iowa
29. Michigan State
30. Minnesota


This is amazing. It's too bad the majority of Badger fans out there won't realize the scale of this meet. Instead they'll be enamored by the next meaningless football parade.

Even for those of us who do realize how great this meet will be and would love to attend, it's unfortunate timing. 1:00 PM on a Friday? I'm sure they have a reason for scheduling it that way, but it's pretty disappointing. I've been to the majority of the meets since the course opened, and this looks like the best one yet, but I can't just skip work. I'm sure many others are in the same position.