Sept. 27, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s cross country team will get back into action Friday afternoon at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in Boston, Mass., after being off last weekend.
The meet will be held at Franklin Park and the 5K race is set for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) start.
The Badgers will face a much stiffer test Friday, as three of the top nine teams in the country will compete. Providence (No. 1), Oregon (No. 3) and Cornell (No. 9) are competing in the 15-team field, while host Boston College (No. 24) is the other nationally ranked team in the field.
“The entire team is looking forward to it,” UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. “It will be an incredible competition facing three of the nation’s top teams. It’s not a huge meet, but there will be more runners there than at our earlier meets. It will be a great test for us.”
The Badgers will look to match their performances from two weekends ago, when they captured first place finishes in both the Sycamore Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Warhawk Invitational in Whitewater, Wis. The Badgers posted a perfect score of 15 in the Sycamore Invitational and finished the Warhawk Invitational with 28 points.
Junior Gabi Anzalone will lead the way for the Badgers and will be competing for the second time this season. She finished first for the Badgers and seventh overall at the Badgers Opener on Sept. 6th. But the way some newcomers performed two weekends ago has Stintzi as confident as ever heading into the first true test of the season.
The Badgers had two freshman runners finish in the top-four at the Sycamore Invitational in Sarah Disanza (1st overall) and Molly Hanson (4th overall). Transfer Erin Cawley has also turned heads so far this season after finishing third for the Badgers and 12th overall at the Badger Opener.
“We don’t have anything to lose,” Stintzi said. “We think we are a pretty good team, and we will find out this weekend. It will give us a chance to see where we stack up individually and as a team.”