July 2, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin cross country teams announced Thursday their 2014 schedule, which is highlighted by four home meets at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
The Badgers host two premier events at their home course in the sixth-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 17 and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 9.
“We are excited with our schedule for the upcoming year,” UW director of track and field and cross country Mick Byrne said. “Both of our teams will be young, so having four meets at home will help our freshmen adjust to life as a student-athlete at the collegiate level. We also have great, knowledgeable fans who support our teams and our student-athletes love competing at home in front of our fans.
“We also believe that we have the best cross country course in the nation, so it makes sense to showcase the course with as many meets as we can.”
Wisconsin begins its season on Sept. 5 with the Badger Opener at the Zimmer Course. The women’s race begins at 5 p.m., with the men’s to follow at 5:30 p.m.
After a week off of competition, the Badgers will get a look at the course for the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championship with the Iowa Big Ten Preview on Sept. 20.
The Badgers have only two meets in October, and UW opens the month with the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 3 in South Bend, Indiana.
Two weeks later, the Badgers host the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 17. The meet features 37 men’s teams and 38 women’s teams from across the nation. The women’s championship 6K begins at 11 a.m., while the men’s championship 8K is slated for an 11:45 a.m. start.
Championship season begins on Nov. 2, as the Badgers travel back to Iowa City for the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championship where Malachy Schrobilgen looks to defend his Big Ten individual title.
On Nov. 8, the Badgers host the Wisconsin Open in the team’s final tune-up before the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 15. It marks the third straight year that UW will host the regional, and the Badgers will host the event again in 2015 and 2016.
Wisconsin wraps up the year on Nov. 22 with the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Indiana State, in Terre Haute, Indiana. At last year’s NCAA meet, also in Terre Haute, the men’s squad finished ninth, while the women’s team was 21st. Schrobilgen and Emma-Lisa Murphy both earned All-America honors.