Beutler, Anzalone wrap up season at NCAAs


Nov. 17, 2012

2012 NCAA Championship
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park • Louisville, Ky.
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Complete Results 
• Distance: 6 Kilometers
 Team Results
1. Oregon 114
2. Providence 183
3. Stanford 198
4. Florida State 202
5. Michigan 247
 Individual Results
1. Betsy Saina IOWA ST 19:27.9
2. Abbey D'Agostino DART 19:28.6
3. Jordan Hasay ORE 19:28.6
4. Al Tuliamuk-Bolton WICH ST 19:33.7
5. Risper Kimaiyo UTEP 19:41.0
65. Ashley Beutler WIS 20:30.1
86. Gabrielle Anzalone WIS 20:40.2
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Results

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After leading the Badgers in every meet this season, senior Ashley Beutler and sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone were once again carrying the banner for the Wisconsin women's cross country team Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

Beutler closed out her colligate career with a 65th-place finish, crossing the line in 20 minutes, 30.1 seconds. Anzalone capped off her sophomore season with an 86th-place performance, running the 6-kilometer course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville in a time of 20:40.2.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin's Ashley Beutler, Gabrielle Anzalone both record career-best NCAA finishes
• Beutler finishes in 65th, while Anzalone places 86th

In their second NCAA appearances, both Beutler and Anzalone recorded career-best championship finishes. After Wisconsin qualified as a team for last season's NCAA meet, Beutler led the Badgers with a 107th-place performance, while Anzalone took 127th place.

After taking 63rd this time around, Beutler was disappointed she didn't achieve her goal of finishing in the top 40, but still walked away pleased with her effort.

"It was good, I was hoping for top 40," Beutler said. "I was a little ways away from that, but I ran exactly the time I was running all season, so at least I was consistent. "

The duo of Beutler and Anzalone, who try to run together during races, had to change up that strategy after they lost each other near the beginning of the race.

"We couldn't find each other, so we couldn't run together until the last 1K," Beutler said. "We started together, but got lost within the first few minutes. That made it a little difficult, but we had to fight through it."

At the end of the day, Beutler was happy she closed out the season with a trip to the NCAA championship.

"All in all it was a good race," Beutler said. "We didn't pull off the amazing race we wanted to, but it was still pretty good."

The meet belonged to Oregon, which logged 114 points on the way to winning the national title. Behind a third-place finish by senior Jordan Hasay, the Ducks placed two runners in the top 10 to claim their third national title and first since 1983.

Providence earned the runner-up spot, after earning a team score of 183 points. Stanford followed in third place with 198 points, while Florida State grabbed fourth place with 202 points. Michigan was the top Big Ten finisher, ending the day with 247 points in fifth.

Iowa State's Betsy Saina was crowned individual NCAA champion, crossing the finish line in 19:27.9. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino placed second overall, finishing in a time of 19:28.6.

With the cross country season coming to an end, Beutler and Anzalone can now look ahead to the track season, which starts up with the indoor campaign in January.

Beutler is focused on track and has already set her sights on making the NCAA championships in steeplechase when the season heads outdoors in the spring.

"We will get right back into training for indoor after a few weeks off," Beutler said. "I am looking forward to steeplechase. I am really hoping to make it nationals this year because I really think I can.

"That is definitely the next big focus."
 

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