Oct. 2, 2010
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VERONA, Wis. -- The sixth-ranked Wisconsin men's cross country team made a strong statement at the Zimmer Championship Course on Saturday, as the Badgers captured a second-place team finish at the second-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
The UW men were led by a trio of Badgers who finished in the top 10, contributing to a team score of 75.
No. 25 Indiana claimed the team win in the 8-kilometer race with 43 points. No. 23 Princeton claimed third-place with 112 points, followed by 11th-ranked Syracuse in fourth with 131 points. No. 15 Oklahoma ended up with 132 points for a close fifth-place finish.
In all, the Zimmer Championship Course found itself host to 21 men's teams, with eight nationally ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll.
Junior Elliot Krause paced the Badgers by taking fourth place overall and crossing the finish line first for UW with a time of 23:33.
"On the whole we got out here and ran well," Krause said. "We just need to fine-tune things tactically and have more patience."
Senior Landon Peacock and sophomore Mohammed Ahmed were able to record fifth and sixth-place finishes, respectively. Peacock clocked in at 23:36 and Ahmed recorded a time of 23:45.
Sophomore Reed Connor also ran for Wisconsin, taking 18th place and clocking in at 24:00, and was shortly followed by junior Phil Thomas, whose time of 24:23 gave him 42nd place.
Redshirt freshmen Alex Brill and Drew Shields competed in Badger uniforms as well, with Brill taking 72nd in a time of 24:41 and Shields clocking in at 24:54 to claim 94th.
Head coach Mick Byrne was largely pleased with his team's performance but stressed the need for patience on the part of the Badgers.
"The guys just didn't run really smart with leading into the wind and we need to make those adjustments and be a bit more patient," Byrne said.
Racing among eight nationally-ranked teams, the Badgers used the meet as a primer for the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets.
"It was nice to get out here and run among these top teams" Krause said. "It's definitely something we have gotten used to and today is a big confidence builder going into the bigger meets.
"We still need to make sure we run smarter with the Big Ten Championships come around."
"We were all pretty relaxed going into this meet, even though there was tough competition" Peacock added.
In preparation for the larger meets, Byrne says that the Badgers will be able to use this performance as experience, as they have not reached their full potential yet.
"The guys ran pretty well today considering where we are at in our training," Byrne said. "No one likes to lose on your home course but it was still great to be able to run at home."
Wisconsin's Zimmer Championship Course seemed to be well received amongst the stiff competition.
"There hasn't been a single negative comment about the Zimmer Course" Byrne said. "People have been saying that we have to host the national championships here."
The UW men have two weeks to regain their strength before heading to the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore., on Oct. 16.