Nov. 1, 2011
• USTFCCCA Rankings Central
MADISON, Wis. -- After a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Big Ten Championship, the Wisconsin women’s cross country team finds itself at No. 28 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTCCCA) National Coaches Poll this week.
The Badgers are ranked in the national top 30 for the first time this season and the first time since September 2010. They settle in behind No. 27 San Francisco, while Florida State leads the poll at No.1.
A total of five Big Ten Conference teams are represented in the latest poll, as No. 12 Michigan State, No. 15 Michigan, No. 22 Penn State and No. 30 Minnesota join the Badgers.
Steadily improving their times with each meet throughout the season, the UW women took fourth place at the Big Ten championship on Sunday, with seven of the nine athletes running their best 6K times of the season.
Senior Caitlin Comfort led the team with her second-place overall finish in 20 minutes, 12 seconds -- earning first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second-straight season. Comfort is the first Badger since 2001 to earn All-Big Ten honors in four consecutive years.
“I think we take away from this meet that we can compete with Michigan and Michigan State,” said UW coach Jim Stintzi. “I think we’re going to have to compete with them at the regionals to advance to the national meet.”
A strong performance on Nov. 12 at NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Toledo, Ohio, could land the team in the NCAA championship -- something the Badgers haven’t done since their 19th-place finish in 2008.