Sept. 18, 2012
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s cross country team earned its second-straight victory of the season on Saturday by claiming the team title at the 6-kilometer Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wis.
The Badgers swept places two through seventh and won the meet with a near-perfect team score of 20 points.
Junior Rebecca Stoebe led the way for the Badgers with a time of 22 minutes, 49 seconds to finish third overall, crossing just behind UW junior Liga Blyholder, who took second as an unattached competitor in 22:27.
Sophomore Kristen Yarows was UW’s second finisher and took fourth overall with a time of 23:01, while fellow sophomore Jessica Sykes was fifth overall and third for Wisconsin with a time of 23:04.
Freshman Clare McDonald placed seventh with a time of 23:12 and junior Erica Spiegelberg rounded out Wisconsin’s top five with a time of 23:27 and a ninth-place finish.
Also for Wisconsin, freshman Ariel Michalek finished with a time of 23:05 to take sixth overall while competing unattached.
UW-Oshkosh senior Christy Cazzola won with a time of 22:13 and helped the Titans secure a second-place finish with a team score of 47 points. Host UW-Whitewater earned a third-place finish with 90 points.
Badgers sophomore Gabriella Effrein ran to a 10th-place finish overall in a time of 23:30, while sophomore Elizabeth Sequin completed the course in 23:43 to place 14th overall and just ahead of sophomore Megan Stenz, who was 15th in 23:45.
Freshman Grace Meurer (18th place), sophomore Lizzie Wendt (20th) and sophomore Sarah Miller (21st) also competed for the Badgers.
A trio of freshmen also competed unattached, with Kassidy Clark finishing 13th, Abigail Phillips 16th and Taylor Zimprich 22nd.
The Warhawk Invitational was an opportunity for some of the new runners to gain more race experience and will help head coach Jim Stintzi decide who will make the team’s travel roster.
Stintzi needs to find out which runners will join Wisconsin’s lead group which consists of sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone, senior Ashley Beutler, senior Hanna Knurr and freshman Emma-Lisa Murphy, who was the Badgers’ top finisher at the Badger Opener with a second-place finish overall.
Wisconsin competes again next Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Virginia Invitational in Earlysville, Va.