Badgers' Beutler, Anzalone book return trip to NCAAs


Nov. 9, 2012

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2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Zimmer Championship Course • Madison, Wis.
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 Team Results
1. Michigan 41
2. Michigan State 77
3. Notre Dame 89
4. Butler 144
5. Toledo 162
8. Wisconsin 182
 Individual Results
1. Julie Accurso OHIO 20:07
2. Katie Clark BUTLER 20:10
3. Sara Kroll MSU 20:12
4. Jillian Smith MICH 20:14
5. Ashley Beutler WIS 20:19
6. Gabrielle Anzalone WIS 20:25
37. Hanna Knurr WIS 21:21
53. Lavinia Jurkiewicz WIS 21:36
81. Caroline Bauer WIS 21:59
105. Theresa Selestow WIS 22:17
112. Emma-Lisa Murphy WIS 22:24
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MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Ashley Beutler and sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone have led the Badgers all season long with strong performances and leadership experience.
 
So it came as no surprise when the duo crossed the line first for Wisconsin on Friday at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

 Fast Facts
• The Badgers take eighth place with 182 points
• Beutler and Anzalone qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championship and earn All-Great Lakes Region honors

Beutler and Anzalone each earned return trips to next week's 2012 NCAA Championship by virtue of their top-10 finishes. Beutler took sixth place in a time of 20 minutes, 19 seconds, while Anzalone finished just  behind in seventh place in 20:25.
 
For the first time since 1974, the Badgers played host to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, and racing at home on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course helped push Anzalone through the race.
 
"It was really great out there," Anzalone said. "I saw a bunch of my teammates and all of them were out there cheering the whole team on and for me. It was a big rush."
 
For the second-consecutive year, the duo earned All-Great Lakes Region honors, after Beutler finished in 12th place and Anzalone took 24th place at last year's NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
 
The pair seems to be peaking at the right time in the season, after pushing the Badgers to a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship on Oct. 28, with Beutler finishing sixth and Anzalone seventh.
 
"Although each race has been getting a little bit better, the Big Ten was really my breakthrough race and I realized that I belong at the front," Beutler said. "Now I can see consistently that I belong up there, so I think that nationals will be really good."
 
Qualifying on the Badgers' home course meant a lot for Beutler but, as a group, the Badgers were disappointed they couldn't earn a second-consecutive NCAA bid as a team.
 
"I have never had a good race on this course, and I just wanted the whole curse to be lifted off of all of us today, but we weren't able to pull it together as a team," said Beutler on running at home. "I am disappointed in that, but I'm really proud of the way Gabi and I ran today because it's a tough course, harder than it looks, and we pulled it off."
 
The Badgers recorded an eighth-place finish with a team score of 182 points. Wisconsin must wait until Saturday to find out if they have earned an at-large bid to the NCAA championships, but after finishing out of the top five, it will be difficult for Wisconsin to advance as a team.
 
Michigan and Michigan State guaranteed themselves a trip to the NCAA championship by securing the two automatic qualifying positions available in the Great Lakes Region. After placing four runners in the top 10, the Wolverines won the competition with a team score of 41 points.

Behind a third-place finish from junior Sara Kroll, the Spartans took second place in the team standings with 77 points. Notre Dame took third with 89 points, Butler tallied 144 points for a fourth-place finish and Toledo rounded out the top five teams with 162 points.
 
Junior Julie Accurso of Ohio University was the top individual competitor, winning the race in a time of 20:07. Junior Katie Clark of Butler clocked in at 20:10 to take second place overall.
 
For the Badgers, senior Hanna Knurr crossed the finish line in 37th place in a time of 21:21. Sophomore Lavinia Jurkiewicz ran to a 53rd-place finish, clocking in at 21:36.
 
Sophomore Caroline Bauer rounded out Wisconsin's scoring five, finishing in 81st place in a time of 21:59, while sophomore Theresa Selsestow finished sixth for the UW and 105th overall in a time of 22:17. Freshman Emma-Lisa Murphy finished in 112th place overall in a time of 22:24.

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