Sept. 14, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 1-ranked Wisconsin men's cross country team, winners of seven meets in a row dating back to last season, seeks its eighth-consecutive team title when the Badgers head to Stony Brook, N.Y. to compete in the 8-kilometer Wolfie Invitational Saturday at 9:15 a.m.
The Badgers will run against host Stony Brook, Manhattan, Marist and Providence.
Wisconsin is coming off a season-opening victory last Friday in the 6.3-kilometer Badger Opener at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison.
The Badgers, led by junior Alex Brill's individual title, finished with a team score of 19 points. Brill was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after his strong race.
Badgers Neal Berman, Jake Erschen and Rob Finnerty will run for the second time in as many meets, while Michael Brice, Alex Hatz and transfer Jacob Naylor will make their season debuts.
"We have a couple guys going out for the first time in Mike Brice, Jacob Naylor and Alex Hatz. Then we have some of the younger guys," UW head coach Mick Byrne said. "We are looking to see where the guys are at right now and trying to figure out where these guys fit into the big picture.
"This will be a great opportunity for us to see where we're at as a team," Byrne said. "We're looking forward to seeing what we've got."
Wisconsin will use the Long Island meet in a similar manner as last week's Badger Opener, to determine who can become the team's fourth and fifth runners behind returning All-Americans Mohammed Ahmed and Reed Connor and senior captain Maverick Darling.
"We need to find which group of guys are ready to compete as we get into the championship season," Byrne said. "We know guys are fit and have trained well all summer long, but that is training, and training and racing are completely different.
"We are going to see, out of this large group of young kids, who is ready to step up to the next level down the road when needed."