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Wisconsin women tie for sixth at Big Ten championship

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2013 Big Ten Championship
Boilermaker Cross Country Course • West Lafayette, Ind. • Distance: 6 Kilometers

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 Team Results
1. Michigan State 43
2. Michigan 55
3. Minnesota 68
4. Penn State 143
5. Ohio State 157
6. Wisconsin 158
6. Indiana 158
8. Purdue 221
9. Illinois 241
10. Northwestern 264
11. Nebraska 320
12. Iowa 369
 Individual Results
1. Erin Finn MICH 20:48.3
2. Leah O'Connor MSU 20:56.9
3. Laura Docherty MINN 21:03.9
4. Michelle Thomas OSU 21:04.1
5. Katie Landwehr MSU 21:04.4
17. Emma-Lisa Murphy WIS 21:28.2
33. Sarah Disanza WIS 21:51.8
34. Molly Hanson WIS 21:51.9
41. Gabi Anzalone WIS 22:04.9
43. Lavinia Jurkiewicz WIS 22:12.2
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Nov. 3, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Wisconsin women’s cross country team tied for sixth place with Indiana on Sunday at the Big Ten Championships at Purdue’s Boilermaker Cross Country Course. 

The Badgers recorded 158 team points, just one behind Ohio State’s fifth-place total.

Michigan State had three top-10 finishers and had all scorers place in the top 15 to come away with the title. The Spartans totaled 43 points, which put them 12 points ahead of second-place Michigan.

 Fast Facts
• Murphy takes 17th to lead Badgers individually
• Murphy (17), Distanza (33) have each finished in top two for UW in each race this season
• Badgers finish one point shy of top five

Minnesota (68) and Penn State (143) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Emma-Lisa Murphy kept her solid sophomore campaign going with a 17th-place finish overall to lead the way for Wisconsin and earn All-Big Ten honors. She finished the 6-kilometer race in 21 minutes, 28.2 seconds and ran as high as second place overall at the 3K mark.

“(Emma-Lisa) had a solid day today,” Wisconsin head coach Jim Stintzi said. “She got out a little too hard and faded a little bit, but the fact that she stuck her nose out there is definitely something to be proud of.”

The Badgers' remaining scorers placed between 33rd and 43rd.

Another Badgers youngster had a solid showing, as freshman Sarah Disanza, who placed first for the Badgers at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 19 was the second UW runner to finish Sunday and clocked in at 21:51.8 to take 33rd overall.

“Sarah’s definitely had a nice freshman year,” Stintzi said. “She fought, she definitely fought all the way through.”

Just one spot behind Disanza was another freshman, Molly Hanson. She raced to another third-place finish for the Badgers by taking 34th overall and finished just one-tenth of a second behind Disanza. Hanson also finished third for the Badgers at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Gabi Anzalone, a Badgers junior and the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, finished 41st overall and fourth for the Badgers after finishing in 22:04.9.

Rounding out the scoring for the Badgers was junior Lavinia Jurkiewicz. Her 43rd-place finish came just one weekend after winning the UW-Oshkosh Open on Oct. 25. She won that race, which was also a 6K, in 21:42 but bested that time at 21:12.2 Sunday.

Senior transfer Erin Cawley (48th, 22:15.8) and sophomore Kelly Whitley (52nd, 22:18.7) finished sixth and seventh for the Badgers, respectively. The last two UW runners, juniors Liga Blyholder and Rachel McNally, finished 67th and 68th, respectively. Blyholder crossed the finish line in 22:41.7 while McNally finished in 22:41.7.

The Badgers will return home Nov. 15 for the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the Zimmer Championship Course. The women’s 6K race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT).

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