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Going dancing: Badgers qualify for NCAA Championship


Nov. 16, 2013

• NCAA Championship Qualifiers

MADISON, Wis. – After a fifth-place showing at the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the Zimmer Championship Course on Friday, the Wisconsin women's cross country team earned its 25th appearance to the national championship meet after being selected as an at-large team to the 2013 NCAA Championship on Saturday

Indiana State will host the NCAA championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

It marks the second time in the past three years the Badgers have earned a spot in the national meet, as Wisconsin finished 24th at the 2011 NCAA Championship.

“I’m very happy for our women’s squad,” UW Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. “They have hung in there all season and on Friday they ran like they truly wanted to be in the national meet. Coach Stintzi and I are very proud of them.”

The Badgers women are headed back to Terre Haute, Ind., for the sixth time in the city's nine-year run as host of the NCAA meet, all of which have come under head coach Jim Stintzi. UW has three top-20 NCAA finishes under Stintzi, including a fourth-place showing in 2006.

Sophomore Emma-Lisa Murphy led Wisconsin at the Great Lakes Regional with a 13th-place showing finishing the 6-kilometer course in 20:38, while freshmen Sarah Disanza and Molly Hanson were 21st (20:53) and 28th (21:06), respectively.

The Badgers are one of 13 at-large teams selected to fill out the 31-team championship field. A total of 18 teams earned automatic bids by virtue of top-two finishes at the nine regional championship meets held Friday.

The UW men's team finished second at the regional championship to earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Championship. Wisconsin extended its record streak of consecutive NCAA championship appearances to 42.

The men's race will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. CT, followed by the women's race at approximately 12:15 p.m. A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.


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