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Beutler leads Badgers in return to NCAA championship



Nov. 21, 2011

2011 NCAA Championship
LaVern Gibson Course • Terre Haute, Ind.
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• Distance: 6 Kilometers
 Team Results
1. Georgetown 162
2. Washington 170
3. Villanova 181
4. Florida State 189
5. Oregon 281
24. Wisconsin 529
 Individual Results
1. Sheila Reid VIL 19:41.2
2. Jordan Hasay ORE 19:41.8
3. Abbey D'Agostino DART 1942.9
4. Emily Infeld GEOR 19:44.3
5. Alex Banfich PRI 19:45.7
107. Ashley Beutler WIS 21:05.2
119. Caitlin Comfort WIS 21:12.0
127. Gabrielle Anzalone WIS 21:14.6
134. Hanna Knurr WIS 21:16.8
194. Dani Fischer WIS 21:48.1
199. Theresa Selestow WIS 21:51.0
214. Kyla Chapman WIS 22:02.7
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MADISON, Wis. --  A season-best team finish by Ashley Beutler led the Wisconsin women's cross country team to a 24th-place performance Monday at the 2011 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. 

 Fast Facts
• Junior Ashley Beutler finished first for UW, her best team finish of the season
• The Badgers took 24th out of 31 teams
• Villanova's Sheila Reid took the individual title for the second-consecutive year

Beutler was the first Badger to cross the finish line to end a 21 minute, 5.2 second-run for 107th place in her second NCAA championship.

Villanova's Sheila Reid claimed the individual title for the second-consecutive season, wining in 19:41.2, and aiding her team to a third-place finish with 181 points.

Georgetown took the team crown with 162 points, thanks to five top-50 finishes.

The Badgers took 24th out of 31 teams, with 529 points.

"Well, it was a bit disappointing, but we bettered our ranking coming in," said UW head coach Jim Stintzi.

Wisconsin came into the competition ranked No. 25 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The women topped that score by one in the 6-kilometer race.

In her fourth-consecutive NCAA appearance, senior Caitlin Comfort came in second for the Badgers. With a finish of 21:12.0, Comfort took 119th overall.

Freshman Gabrielle Anzalone took third for UW and 127th overall, crossing the finish line at 21:14.6.

For the third time this season, junior Hanna Knurr pulled off a top-four finish among her teammates. The former UW Track Club member placed 134th overall with a time of 21:16.8.

"Caitlin had an off day, so that hurt us a bit, but overall she had a great year," said Stintzi. "Ashley (Beutler), Gabi (Anzalone) and Hanna (Knurr) all had very solid races."

Another newcomer wrapped up the fifth scoring place for the Badgers with a 21:48.1 finish. Senior Dani Fischer placed 194th overall.

For all but two of the Badgers' runners, this Monday's NCAA championship was their first.

"The runners who experienced their first NCAA will definitely benefit from the experience," Stintzi said. "Hopefully that will play out positively next year."

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