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Perfect 15: Badgers win Sycamore Invitational

2013 Sycamore Invitational
LaVern Gibson Championship Course • Terre Haute, Ind.

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• Distance: 5 Kilometers

 Team Results
1. Wisconsin 15
2. Indiana State 50
 Individual Results
1. Sarah Disanza WIS 18:23.5
2. Theresa Selestow WIS 18:23.5
3. Kelly Whitely WIS 18:23.5
4. Molly Hanson WIS 18:23.6
5. Lavinia Jurkiewicz WIS 18:23.5
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MADISON, Wis. -- The top-five Wisconsin runners crossed the finish line within one tenth of a second of each other Saturday morning to propel the UW women's cross country team to a perfect score of 15 points at the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.

Freshman Sarah Disanza, senior Theresa Selestow and sophomore Kelly Whitley all finished the 5-kilometer course with a time of 18 minutes, 23.5 seconds, while freshman Molly Hanson and senior Lavinia Jurkiewicz rounded out the top-five with a time of 18:23.6.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers earn a perfect score of 15 points at the Sycamore Invitational to win their first meet of the year
Sarah Disanza, Theresa Selestow, Kelly Whitley and Molly Hanson all made their season debuts and claimed the top-four spots at the meet
• Wisconsin also claimed victory at the Whitewater Invitational

The dominating effort at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course, where the 2013 NCAA Championship will be held, comes just one weekend after UW claimed second in the Badger Opener at the Zimmer Championship Course.

“It was a good meet,” Wisconsin head coach Jim Stintzi said. “We were doing what we tried to do last week and run a controlled race and keep everyone together.”

Stintzi also said earlier this week that the Badgers would be tested on a course as demanding as the one they competed on today and would only benefit the team in the long run.

“These lessons that we are learning now will hopefully be something we can adapt them to a bigger race down the road,” Stintzi said.

Despite racing five runners that didn’t suit up last week, the Badgers were still able to dominate and give the team a bit of a confidence boost heading into the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Boston on September 27th.

Sophomore Sarah Heinemann (18:37.5) and junior Victoria Paulson (18:38.4) rounded out the top-seven for the Badgers on the day.

Junior Nicole Lucas led Indiana State, which finished with a team score of 50. She finished eighth overall and clocked in with a time of 18:44.9. Senior Jessica Zangmeister (18:58.4) was the only other Sycamore runner to finish under the 19-minute mark and finished ninth overall.

The Badgers will be off next week before returning to action on Friday, September 27th at the Coast-To-Coast Battle in Chestnut Hill, Mass. That race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Badgers win Warhawk Invitational title

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The Badgers were able to come away with their second victory of the day Saturday, this time closer to home at the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Invitational.

All six Wisconsin runners finished in the top-12, propelling them to a team score of 28 in the seven-team field. North Central came in second and posted a team score of 53.

Badgers freshman Jamie Shannon, who competed unattached, finished first overall and crossed the finish line of the 6-kilometer course with a time of 22 minutes, 41 seconds.

Sophomore Grace Meurer finished second overall and first for the Badgers with a time of 23:01. Senior Rebecca Stoebe was the other Wisconsin runner to finish in the top-five in 23:27.

Taylor Zimprich (23:48), freshman Michelle Lee (24:00) and junior Lizzie Wendt (24:11) rounded out the scorers for the Badgers and finished sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively.

Sophomore Lauren Holtz (24:16) was the final Wisconsin runner and finished 12th overall.

UW-Platteville (88), UW-Whitewater (91), Edgewood (135), Wisconsin Track Club (166) and Wisconsin Lutheran (178) rounded out the field at the meet.

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