Badgers men win eighth-straight behind group effort


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<b>Junior Neal Berman crossed the finish line with three other Badgers in a time of 25:35.</b>

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Junior Neal Berman crossed the finish line with three other Badgers in a time of 25:35.
ON WISCONSIN

Sept. 15, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin men's cross country team earned its second victory of the season -- and its eighth-consecutive team title -- in the 8-kilometer Wolfie Invitational Saturday in Stony Brook, N.Y.
 
The Badgers finished with a team score of 20 points as UW swept places two though six. Senior Rob Finnerty, junior Neal Berman, sophomore Alex Hatz and junior Michael Brice crossed the finish line together in a time of 25 minutes, 35 seconds.
 
"Our strategy was to try to keep everybody together, get out in front and feed off each other," UW head coach Mick Byrne said. "Our guys did a pretty good job of executing that today. The first five guys were expected to be there."
 
Sophomore Jake Erschen finished just behind in sixth to round out the scoring for UW with a time of 25:42.
 
A pair of freshmen finished together for the Badgers as Sam Hacker and Jack Stapleton claimed 12th and 13th, respectively, place in 26:04.
 
In his Badgers debut, sophomore Jacob Naylor finished 15th overall in 26:12.
 
While some Badgers were making their season debut, others were racing for the second time in as many weeks. Byrne will need to determine who will run behind experienced seniors Mohammed Ahmed, Reed Connor and Maverick Darling.
 
"We are taking it week by week," Byrne said. "We still have a long ways to go. This is a meet on September 15th where the goal was to get out and run hard but keep some stuff in the tank for down the road."
 
Providence College earned a second-place finish with 47 team points behind sophomore Shane Quinn, who won the individual title with a time of 25:24. Marist College finished third with 76 points and host Stony Brook took fourth with 91 points.
 
The Badgers race again Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago.
 
"Every week it kicks up a notch or two and we are preparing our guys for that," Byrne said.

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