Feb. 3, 2013
ST. LOUIS -- And just when Malachy Schrobilgen was getting used to wearing cardinal and white.
After the performance the Wisconsin freshman put on Saturday at the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships, he had better get comfortable in red, white and blue.
Schrobilgen ran to a runner-up finish in the junior men’s race, securing a spot as part of the U.S. contingent for next month’s IAAF World Championships in the process.
He covered the 8-kilometer course at St. Louis’ Forest Park in 24 minutes, 51.2 seconds to earn a spot on Team USA. Oklahoma State freshman Craig Nowak won the national junior title in 24:47.0.
The top six finishers Saturday earned the opportunity to carry the flag for the American team when the world championships begin on March 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Schrobilgen , who redshirted his first cross country season at UW last fall, is the first UW athlete to compete at the world junior championships since Mohammed Ahmed finished 27th for Canada in 2010.
A former Badger will be joining Schrobilgen in Poland, as UW alum Matt Tegenkamp qualified for yet another U.S. national team by finishing third in the open men’s championship.
Tegenkamp covered the 12-kilometer race in 35:55.8 to trail only national champion Chris Derrick (35:38.6) and runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein (35:44.1).
In 2001, Tegenkamp finished fifth in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships after he held off Ritzenhein to win the U.S. junior title. Since then, Tegenkamp has gone on to represent the U.S. at three world championships and two Oympic Games on the track.
Wisconsin senior Elliot Krause also competed in St. Louis, racing to a 12th-place finish in the open men’s race – the second-best showing by a collegian in the field. Krause clocked in at 36:29.6, just off the effort of 36:21.6 he recorded en route to a sixth-place finish at last year’s USA championships.