Oct. 22, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men's cross country jumped 13 spots to No. 7 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Coaches Polls, while the women's team checked in at No. 28 in the poll, the organization announced on Tuesday.
The men are coming off of a fourth-place showing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, which featured 19 ranked teams at the time of the race. Redshirt freshman Malachy Schrobilgen and junior Michael Van Voorhis led the way for the Badgers in one of the nation's most competitive races of the pre-championship season. Schrobilgen finished the 8-kilometer course 20th overall in 23 minutes, 38 seconds, while Van Voorhis crossed the line 21st a second later in 23:39.
Colorado took over the top spot after its win at the Pre-National Invitational, while Northern Arizona, which won the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, is second. Oklahoma State, Oregon and BYU round out the top-five.
The women's squad cracked the rankings for the first time since last year following a 17th-place showing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Freshman Sarah Disanza led the way for UW, covering the 6-kilometer course in 20:34 to finish 42nd.
Arizona, winners of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, holds the top spot in the women's rankings, while Arkansas, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational runner-ups, is second. Georgetown checks in at third, while Providence and Florida State are fourth and fifth, respectively.
The men's squad is off this week before the 2013 Big Ten Championship on Nov. 3, while the women will send a squad to Winneconne, Wis., to compete in the UW-Oshkosh Open on Friday before competing at the Big Ten meet.