Jan. 9, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – The cross country season has long passed for the Wisconsin cross country teams, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t races to be run.
Sarah Disanza, fresh off an impressive freshman cross country campaign, and Maverick Darling, a decorated athlete who exhausted his athletic eligibility last year, will represent the United States at the 2014 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Disanza will compete in the junior women’s 4-kilometer race at 6:45 a.m., while Darling is schedule to run in the senior men’s 8-kilometer race at 7:43 a.m.
In addition, Mick Byrne, the Wisconsin director of track & field and cross country, will also make the trip to Edinburgh, as he will serve as a coach.
A Wantage, N.J. native, Disanza came to Wisconsin following a notable high school career in which she was a New Jersey state cross country champion and earned second-team All-America honors for her 10th-place finish at the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals.
During her first cross country season at UW, Disanza was the second Badger to cross the finish line at the NCAA championships, the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the Big Ten Championships and the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown. In addition, Disanza won the 5k Sycamore Invitational, her first collegiate race, and was the first Badger to finish the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. In each of the freshman’s six races in 2013, she never finished worse than second for UW.
Darling, from Ovid, Mich., had a remarkable cross country career for the Badgers. After redshirting the 2008 season, Darling was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2009. From 2009-2012, Darling earned two All-America honors, three first-team All-Region selections and four first-team All-Big Ten awards.
Darling was equally accomplished as a distance runner in track, collecting five All-Big Ten awards, two Big-Ten championships and three All-America honors.
The senior races can be seen state side on USATF.tv.