Sisson, Comfort lead charge for Wisconsin at home


ON WISCONSIN <b>Freshman Emily Sisson scored a 14th-place finish in her collegiate debut Saturday</b>
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Freshman Emily Sisson scored a 14th-place finish in her collegiate debut Saturday
ON WISCONSIN

Oct. 2, 2010

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VERONA, Wis. -- The No. 26 Wisconsin women’s cross country team was led by the duo of freshman Emily Sisson and junior Caitlin Comfort to a 15th-place team finish at the second-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday.

Making her first debut as a Badger, Sisson was the first Badger to cross the finish line, recording a 14th-place finish overall in a time of 20:35.

“Coming into college, I had to step up my training intensity-wise and it definitely paid off,” Sisson said. “I was still nervous for my first collegiate meet but now I know what to expect going into our upcoming meets.”

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates encouraging me in practice and today,” she added.

Among those teammates is junior Caitlin Comfort, who finished strong for the Badgers, as well, by clocking in at 20:51 to claim 27th place.

After previously finishing ninth at the 2009 Wisconsin adidas Invitational, Comfort is quick to point out that her training isn’t up to par yet this season.

“I definitely wanted to run faster but it’s hard right now considering it’s only the middle of the season,” Comfort said. “As a team we are not at our best right now, but we definitely came out here to be competitive.”

The Zimmer Championship Course found itself host to 20 teams, with six of those teams being ranked in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll.

No. 11 Syracuse was among the top five as a team for the second-consecutive year at the adidas Invitational, taking the win with 89 points.

Recording 98 points with a second-place team finish was North Carolina, and Michigan State took third place with 109 points. Michigan and Indiana took fourth and fifth, respectively, recording 113 points and 151 points.

Despite not being at their best in terms of training, UW head coach Jim Stintzi still saw solid contributions from Sisson and Comfort.

“It was a little tough for Emily Sisson and Caitlin Comfort since we haven’t prepared for grass surfaces yet,” Stintzi said. “I still think they made a strong debut and I feel good about their upcoming races.”  

“We still have some work to do, though,” he added.

Freshman Liga Blyholder ran for the Badgers, as well, taking 87th place with a time of 22:02.

Seniors Karen Greuel and Karlye Wolff were able to take 116th and 119th, respectively, with Greuel clocking in at 22:43 and Wolff in a time of 22:46.

The UW women will have two weeks to prepare for the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16.

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Monique Hughes
UW Athletic Communications

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