Badgers step up with impressive performance to win team title


ON WISCONSIN <b>Ashley Beutler was the top finisher for the Badgers with a fourth-place finish overall.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Ashley Beutler was the top finisher for the Badgers with a fourth-place finish overall.
ON WISCONSIN

Sept. 22, 2012

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EARLYSVILLE, Va. -- The level of competition stepped up on Saturday, and so did the Badgers.

The Wisconsin women’s cross country team ran to an impressive win -- its third-consecutive victory  -- at the Panorama Farms Invitational by placing four runners in the top 10 among a strong field in the 5-kilometer event in Earlysville, Va.

The Badgers emerged with a team score of 35 points to continue their season-opening win streak. 
 
Senior Ashley Beutler led the way, running to a fourth-place finish overall in a time of 17 minutes, 43.8 seconds. Sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone finished right behind Beutler in fifth place overall with a time of 17:49.1. 
 
Senior Hanna Knurr placed seventh in 18:10.2, while junior Kiah Ehrke crossed the line in 18:19.4 to finish eighth. Sophomore Theresa Selestow placed 11th overall and rounded out the top five for Wisconsin with a time of 18:33.3.
 
“I came away very impressed with how we competed this morning,” UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. “We ran well together and our leaders did a great job of staying at the front.”
 
Kentucky junior Cally Macumber won the individual title with a time of 17:29.2 and helped the Wildcats secure a second-place finish with a team score of 47 points. Virginia senior Catherine White finished in second place overall (17:34.7) and helped the No. 15-ranked host team claim third place with a score of 57 points. Cal finished in fourth with 83 points.
 
“Out of context, winning doesn’t always mean a lot in cross country, but this is a great team victory for us,” Stintzi said. “We were running against a pretty strong field for the first time this year and we responded very well.”
 
Also for the Badgers, sophomore Lavinia Jurkiewicz claimed a 14th-place finish in a time of 18:37.6, while sophomore Colleen McNulty completed the course in 18:46.1 to place 17th.
 
Freshman Emma-Lisa Murphy finished in 21st place in 18:54.2, and sophomore Victoria Paulson crossed the finish line in 25th in 19:00.8. Freshmen Anne Gregory and Caroline Bower finished in 25th and 26th, respectively.
 
UW will be on the road again next Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic. The meet will be a preview of the course that plays host to the NCAA championship in November.

After an off week, Wisconsin will be set for the fourth-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 12, a race which includes 45 of the top programs from around the country.

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