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Perfect again: Badgers win UW-Oshkosh Open

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  Lake Breeze Golf Course • Winneconne, Wis. • Distance: 6 Kilometers

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 Team Results
1. Wisconsin 15
2. UW-Oshkosh 59
3. UW-Stevens Point 68
 Individual Results
1. Lavinia Jurkiewicz Wisconsin 21:42.03
2. Ariel Michalek Wisconsin 21:43.64
3. Kassidy Clark Wisconsin 22:00.64
4. Dana Steffen Wisconsin 22:11.59
5. Colleen McNulty Wisconsin 22:11.92
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Oct. 25, 2013

MADISON, Wis.-- The No. 28 Wisconsin women's cross country team earned a perfect team score of 15 Friday afternoon at the UW-Oshkosh Open at Lake Breeze Golf Course as no UW runner finished worse than 14th in the team's final race before the Big Ten Championships.

10 of the 11 Badger runners finished the 6K race in under 23 minutes and senior Lavinia Jurkiewicz and sophomore Ariel Michalek led the way by finishing more than 15 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.

 Fast Facts
• UW recorded its second team score of 15 this season. They were also perfect at the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sept. 14
• Sophomore Kassidy Clark finished third overall in her first bit of action this season
• UW had the first eight finishers and 11 of the top 14

Host UW-Oshkosh came in second place with 59 points and UW-Stevens Point finished third with 68.

Jurkiewicz finished in 21 minutes, 42.03 seconds while Michalek didn't stray too far behind and crossed the finish line in 21:43.64. Sophomore Kassidy Clark competed in her first meet of the season and placed third with a time of 22:00.64.

UW-Platteville's Daniele Kunkel was the first non-UW finisher besides an unattached Molly Woodford and finished 15th overall by clocking in at 23:16.03. Wisconsin's Clare McDonald and Jill Englebert ran unattached and finished 11th and 13th, respectively.

Rounding out the scoring for the Badgers were juniors Dana Steffen (22:11.59) and Colleen McNulty (22:11.59). Sophomore Grace Meurer placed sixth overall and finished in 22:19.41 while junior Victoria Paulson capped off the Badgers top-seven finishers with a time of 22:20.90.

Anne Gregory, who last competed at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on Sept. 27, finished eighth overall and ended up with a time of 22:24.98.

The Badgers will open the postseason portion of their schedule on Sunday, November 3 in West Lafayette, Ind., at the Big Ten Championship. The 6K race is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. (CT).

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