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Wisconsin posts perfect score at Badger Opener

ON WISCONSIN <b> Junior Ashley Beutler's fifth-place finish completed the Badgers' sweep at the Badger Opener </b>
Junior Ashley Beutler's fifth-place finish completed the Badgers' sweep at the Badger Opener

Sept. 9, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's cross country ran an overwhelming victory at its own Badger Opener at the Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course on Friday.

The Badgers dominated the event, claiming 12 of the top 14 finishers of the 5-kilometer race and sweeping the top five spots for a perfect score of 15 points.

Freshmen Gabrielle Anzalone led in the group at her first collegiate race with a time of 18 minutes, 1.6 seconds. However, Anzalone was more proud of the way she finished -- with her teammates.

Wisconsin held a steady lead, flooding the front with Badger runners. Quickly distancing themselves from the pack, they looked to each other to push themselves and set the pace.

"We definitely did really well. We stuck together really well," Anzalone said. "We worked together a lot, talked to each other throughout the race and made sure we maintained contact with each other."

Sophomore Theresa Selestow finished in second place, just fractions of a second off Anzalone's time at 18:01.7. Junior Hanna Knurr followed with a time of 18:01.8.

Sophomore Liga Blyholder finished fourth-fastest for the Badgers, clocking in at 18:02.5. Following her was senior captain Caitlin Comfort, who competed unattached and finished in 18:03.2.

Junior Ashley Beutler ran to complete the to-five sweep with her time of 18:10.9.

Also in the top 15 were freshmen Jenna McMiller, Kyla Chapman and Colleen McNulty. McMiller was just short of contributing to team score, running in at sixth place with a time of 18:20.9.

Chapman competed unattached for ninth place and a time of 18:24.2 and McNulty raced past the finish line at 18:38.6 for 13th place.

"I feel good," head coach Jim Stintzi said. "It was a good effort and I was happy with the way they ran."

Like Anzalone, Stintzi remarked on the Badgers' most notable accomplishment in the race.

"The biggest thing is having a pack mentality," he said. "We really haven't had that for the past couple of years. So that's what we're working on and that's what I am most excited about."

The Badgers take time off before heading out to Minnesota for their next meet, the Roy Griak Invitational, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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