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Badgers finish 21st at NCAAs

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2013 NCAA Championship
Lavern Gibson Championship Course • Terre Haute, Ind. • Distance: 6 Kilometers

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 Team Results
1. Providence 141
2. Arizona 197
3. Butler 200
4. Michigan 215
5. Georgetown 226
21. Wisconsin 489
 Individual Results
1. Abbey D'Agostino Dartmouth 20:00.3
2. Emma Bates Boise State 20:03.9
3. Kate Avery Iona 20:05.4
4. Aisling Cuffe Stanford 20:09.3
5. Emily Lipari Villanova 20:10.8
35. Emma-Lisa Murphy Wisconsin 20:42.8
104. Sarah Disanza Wisconsin 21:20.5
144. Molly Hanson Wisconsin 21:37.0
157. Lavinia Jurkiewicz Wisconsin 21:41.5
185. Erin Cawley Wisconsin 21:54.8
188. Gabi Anzalone Wisconsin 21:56.3
215. Kelly Whitley Wisconsin 22:14.3
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Nov. 23, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin women’s cross country runner Emma-Lisa Murphy topped off her impressive sophomore campaign by securing a piece of hardware that has been absent from UW for three years.

Running in cold and slippery conditions at the NCAA Championships at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., Murphy was able to brave the elements and muster a 35th-place finish overall, running the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 42.8 seconds to earn All-America honors.

“It was as phenomenal race by Emma-Lisa today,” UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. “She has been our best racer our year, and she saved her best for last. She put herself in a great position early, and it was an outstanding performance by her.”

Her effort propelled the Badgers to a 21st-place finish in the 31-team field, finishing with 489 team points. Providence (141) received the title, while Arizona (197) and Butler (200) finished second and third, respectively.

 Fast Facts
Emma-Lisa Murphy becomes UW's first All-American since 2010.
• UW bests 24th-place finish from 2011, which was the last year the Badgers competed in NCAAs
• Murphy and Disanza both wrap up seasons in which they finished in top two in every race they competed in

“I was pleased as it was a solid performance by the team,” Stintzi said. “They got out strong, and struggled a little bit in the middle, but everyone moved up in the last 2K. I am proud of them as they finished their season strong after dealing with some adversity during the middle of our season. I’m happy with how they finished.”

Michigan (4th, 215) and Michigan State (6th, 236) led the Big Ten while Minnesota finished one place ahead of the Badgers with a team score of 406.

Murphy was in 52nd place through the 2K mark but pushed her way up to 28th at the 4K mark before maintaining her pace throughout the remainder of the wet and muddy course.

Freshman Sarah Disanza also topped off her first year with the Badgers by finishing in the top two for the Badgers in every race she competed in this year. She finished in 21:20.5, good for a 104th-place finish overall.

Sophomore Molly Hanson, who posted her best 6K time last week in the Great Lakes Regional on her home course, was UW’s third finisher. She finished 144th and clocked in at 21:37.

Senior Lavinia Jurkiewicz has made a strong push late in the season—she finished first overall at the UW-Oshkosh Open on Oct. 25 and placed 43rd overall at the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3—and continued that trend Saturday. She finished fourth for the Badgers and 157th overall with a time of 21:41.5.

Senior transfer Erin Cawley was UW’s final scorer, finishing 185th overall with a time of 21:54.8.

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ran away with the individual title by finishing in 20:00.3. She trailed Iona’s Kate Avery and Boise State’s Emma Bates until around the 4-kilometer mark and never looked back from there. Avery had about a three-second lead for most of the race until D’Agostino and Bates roared past her near the 4-kilometer marker.

Besides battling windy conditions, rain throughout the week in Terre Haute created muddy conditions for the harriers. The conditions near the starting line were so severe that the runners started 110 meters ahead of the normal mark, therefore no times qualified for personal or course records.

Wisconsin closes out a season in which they recorded three first-place finishes, one of which came on the same course as the one they competed on today. They posted a perfect 15 points at the Sycamore Invitational on Sept. 14. The Badgers also tied for sixth at the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3 and finished fifth at the Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 15 to secure a spot in the NCAAs.

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