Oct. 1 , 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Van Voorhis’ 10th-place finish at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown has earned the junior Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday.
Last week, the St. Paul, Minn., native registered No. 8-ranked Wisconsin’s best finish to lead the team to a fourth-place finish against a competitive field that included No. 9 Syracuse, No. 12 Oregon and No. 25 Providence. The junior covered the 8-kilometer course in a personal-best 24 minutes, 23 seconds, breaking his old personal record of 24:36, set at last year’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
“Michael had a solid race in Boston,” UW head coach Mick Byrne said. “His training over the last month has gone very well and we look forward to him and his teammates raising their game for what’s coming down the road.”
Last week’s meet marks the second time this season that Van Voorhis has been one of the Badgers’ top finishers, as the junior was the second UW runner to cross the line at the Sycamore Invitational on September 14th.
Van Voorhis is among the candidates to fill out the Badgers’ top five after All-Americans Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and Reed Connor exhausted their eligibility following UW’s runner-up finish at the national championship last season. The junior is Wisconsin’s first Big Ten athlete of the week since Maverick Darling earned the honor on Oct. 16, 2012. The weekly accolade is the first of Van Voorhis’ career.
The Badgers return to competition Oct. 19 when they host the Wisconsin adidas Invitational at the Zimmer Championship Course.