Oct. 16, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – After leading the No. 20-ranked Badgers to a 17th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Friday, senior Maverick Darling was honored as the Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week by the league on Tuesday.
In his season debut, Darling led the way for all Big Ten finishers with his fifth-place finish after running the 8-kilometer course in a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Darling finished in the top five against an elite field that included 19 of the top 30 teams ranked in the USTFCCA national coaches’ poll.
The veteran leader comes into his senior season with valuable experience for Wisconsin. Darling is a three-time first-team All-Region recipient, three-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and was a 2010 All-American.
Additionally, Darling was an essential member of the 2011 NCAA national championship team. At last year’s NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., Darling ran the 10-kilometer course in 30:20, finishing fifth for Wisconsin and 46th overall. That performance helped the Badgers win their fifth national title, the first since 2006.
Darling is the second Badger honoree this season, after junior Alex Brill was named Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week back on Sept. 11. The weekly honor is the first of Darling’s career.
Wisconsin has the opportunity to win its 14th-consecutive Big Ten Title when the Badgers return to the course at the Big Ten Championship, on Sunday, Oct. 28, in East Lansing, Mich.