Oct. 23, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s cross country team nearly made its final Big Ten tune-up a clean sweep Friday at the UW-Oshkosh Open.
With the Big Ten championship looming ahead it was time to get serious for the Badgers. Wisconsin is looking to finalize its championship roster and the UW-Oshkosh Open was the final chance to fill the team’s fifth and final spot.
Senior Dani Fischer looks to be the top contender for the position. Clocking in at 21 minutes 58 seconds, the newcomer ran her best 6-kilometer time of the season to claim the individual title at Lake Breeze Golf Course.
Following was sophomore Liga Blyholder, who took second overall with a time of 22:08.
Freshman Colleen McNulty and redshirt freshman Jessica Sykes followed in third and fourth, running times of 22:11 and 22:42, respectively.
To round out the Badgers’ near-perfect team score of 16 points was sophomore Rebecca Stoebe, who came home sixth in 22:54. Stoebe was just back of UW-Platteville’s Ann Tank, who prevented a Badgers sweep by finishing fifth.
In all, Wisconsin claimed eight of the top nine finishing positions. Senior Megan Beers came in seventh at 23:02, followed by freshman Dana Steffen and sophomore Erica Spiegelberg. Steffen recorded a time of 23:07 for eighth, while Spigelberg finished in 24:04 for ninth.
The Badgers now look towards the postseason and the 2011 Big Ten Championship, which is set for next Sunday, Oct. 30. The 6K championship race begins at 10:45 a.m. (CT) in Champaign, Ill.