Wisconsin remains competitive against strong field


ON WISCONSIN <b>Reigning Big Ten Runner of the Week Ashley Beutler was Wisconsin's top finisher Saturday.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Reigning Big Ten Runner of the Week Ashley Beutler was Wisconsin's top finisher Saturday.
ON WISCONSIN

Sept. 29, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The No. 29-ranked Wisconsin women's cross country team continued its successful start to the season with a seventh-place finish at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday.

After opening the season with three consecutive wins, the Badgers scored a strong top-10 finish against 31 teams, scoring 205 points in the 5-kilometer race in Louisville, Ky.

Senior Ashley Beutler, who was named Big Ten Runner of the Week after leading the Badgers to the team title at the Panorama Farms Invitational last weekend, was the UW's top finisher and placed 16th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 10.72 seconds.

Sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone finished just behind Beutler in 22nd place overall with a time of 17:15.85.
 
Senior Hanna Knurr ran to a 37th-place finish and was third for the Badgers with a time of 17:29.23. Freshman Emma-Lisa Murphy finished 55th overall with a time of 17:39.45, while sophomore Lavinia Jurkiewicz rounded out the UW's top five with her 75th-place finish in 17:52.45.

Junior Kiah Ehrke finished just out of Wisconsin's top five in 81st place overall with a time of 17:53.43. A trio of sophomores also competed, with Theresa Selestow finishing in 122nd place (18:11.33), Colleen McNulthy taking 147th place (18:18.70) and Jenna McMiller finishing 166th (18:25.06).

The meet was a preview of the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Course that will host the NCAA championship in November, and after Wisconsin's strong performance, the Badgers hope to have secured additional points that could aid their case for an at-large bid to the national meet.

Also for Wisconsin, freshman Caroline Bauer finished in 149th place with a time of 18:19.41, sophomore Victoria Paulson finished in 177th place overall with a time of 18:34 and Rebecca Stoebe ran to a 199th-place finish in a time of 18:57.56.

Arizona junior Elvin Kibet won the meet with a time of 16:51.71 and helped the No. 12 Wildcats secure the team title with 71 points.

No. 1-ranked Washington finished just behind Arizona in second place with 80 points. Michigan State earned 135 points and was the top Big Ten finisher with its third-place finish. No. 10 Arkansas finished in fourth place with 135 points, as well, and Penn State rounded out the top five teams with 161 points.

In addition to the Louisville Classic, a number of the UW's developmental runners competed at the 40th-annual Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational on a 5-kilometer course in Chicago Saturday. The Badgers competed against 51 teams and finished in ninth place with 278 points.

RS freshman Anne Gregory was Wisconsin's top finisher placing 31st with a time of 18:20. Sophomore Dana Steffen ran to a 40th-place finish in a time of 18:27 and sophomore Kristen Yarows crossed the finish line just after Steffen in a time of 18:37 finishing 55th.

Sophomore Jessica Sykes finished in 66th place with a time of 18:44, while junior Erica Spiegelberg rounded out Wisconsin's top five with a 96th-place finish in a time of 19:04.

After four consecutive weeks of competition, the Badgers have an off week, and will then resume their season at 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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