Nov. 14, 2009

 

Courtesy of Wisconsin

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--For the eighth year in a row, the No. 10 Wisconsin men's cross country team won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship 10-kilometer race, earning a spot at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The UW has now won 25 Great Lakes Regional titles and has tied its own record for consecutive titles. The Badgers also won eight straight titles from 1981-88.

Wisconsin won the race with 62 team points. Michigan State also claimed a bid for the NCAAs, finishing in second place with 128 team points. Ohio State came in third place with 144 points and Indiana State came in fourth place with 151 team points.

2008 All-American Landon Peacock crossed the finish line first for the Badgers, finishing in second overall with a time of 31:08.26. At last year's Great Lakers Regional, Peacock was also the first Wisconsin runner to finish the race, finishing fourth overall with a time of 31:33.3.

"Landon is definitely back in true form," said Wisconsin two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Mick Byrne. "He looked really good out there today. It was a tough course but Landon and Mohammed Ahmed ran together for most of the race and it turned out well."

Ahmed, a true freshman, crossed the finish line next for the Badgers, completing the race in a time of 31:08.75 to take third place overall. Ahmed has now finished both of his first two races as a Badger among the top five runners and was once again the first true freshman to cross the line.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year and redshirt freshman Maverick Darling was the next to score for the UW, finishing in 15th place in a time of 31:27.09. Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship, Darling has now finished among the top 15 runners in every race he has competed in 2009.

"Maverick started cramping at about seven or eight kilometers," Byrne said of Darling's race. "But he stayed in his head and did not let it get the best of him. That's really good because he stayed focused and ended up passing a bunch of guys in the last few kilometers of the race."

Senior Ryan Gasper and junior Jack Bolas rounded out the scoring for the Badgers. Gasper finished in 18th place overall in a time of 31:30.90, a 24-place improvement from his performance at Regionals in 2008 and Bolas finished in 24th place in a time of 31:43.81.

True freshman Reed Connor finished in 34th place in a time of 32:01.48 and senior Craig Miller finished in 73rd place in a time of 32:57.67. Miller was battling sickness for a good portion of the race.

"We got what we wanted out of the race and in the end it was fun," Byrne said. "We can't look too much into how we did today, Nationals is a whole other thing in itself."

The Badgers will next set their sights on the NCAA podium in Terre Haute, Ind. on Monday, Nov. 23. The 10k race is set to start at 11 a.m. (central).

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Irish Earn Automatic Qualifier To NCAA Championships With GL Region Title
Courtesy of Notre Dame

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Notre Dame women's cross country team won the 2009 Great Lakes Regional Championship Saturday as five Irish runners finished in the top 40 individually.

The Irish scored 94 points, winning the title for the first time since 2003, and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Three members of the women's squad garnered all-region recognition for their efforts on the course. Senior Lindsey Ferguson led the Irish women with a third-place finish and a time of 20:58.62. Freshman Jessica Rydberg clocked in at 21:23.84 to finish 10th, and sophomore Rachel Velarde finished 15th with a time of 21:32.40.

Junior Marissa Treece crossed the line in 21:57.99 to finish 30th, followed by junior Erica Watson in 36th at 22:06.34. Freshman Rebecca Tracy finished 79th with a time of 22:44.84, and senior Beth Tacl was 103rd in 23:04.50.

Ohio State finished second with 102 points, followed by Michigan in third with 104. Indiana and Michigan State rounded out the top five.

Michigan State's Emily MacLeod was the top individual finisher with a time of 20:42.70.

The Irish men finished seventh with 205 total points.

Senior Jake Walker earned all-region honors with a ninth-place finish and a time of 31:21.10. Sophomore Joe Miller finished 35th in 32:04.11, just ahead of junior Dan Jackson in 39th with a time of 32:10.75. Sophomore Jordan Carlson clocked in at 32:34.90 to finish 57th, sophomore Johnathan Shawel was 65th in 32:46.31, junior Ryan Jacobs finished 74th with a time of 32:57.92 and junior Paul Springer was 131st in 34:16.88.

Wisconsin won the team title with 62 points, followed by Michigan State in second with 128 and Ohio State in third with 144 total points. Indiana and Butler closed out the top five.

Ohio State's Jeff See took home the men's individual crown with a time of 31:03.16.

The top two teams at the regional meets automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Thirteen at-large bids will also be awarded. The top-four individual regional finishers, whose teams did not qualify for the national meet, will also be selected to compete in the NCAA Championships, which will be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Great Lakes Regional Results

Men's Team: 1. Wisconsin (62); 2. Michigan State (128); 3. Ohio State (144); 4. Indiana (151); 5. Butler (192); 7. Notre Dame (205)

Men's Individual: 9. Jake Walker 31:21.10; 35. Joe Miller 32:04.11; 39. Dan Jackson 32:10.75; 57. Jordan Carlson 32:34.90; 65. Johnathan Shawel 32:46.31; 74. Ryan Jacobs 32:57.92; 131. Paul Springer 34:16.88

Women's Team: 1. Notre Dame (94); 2. Ohio State (102); 3. Michigan (104); 4. Indiana (105); 5. Michigan State (121)

Women's Individual: 3. Lindsey Ferguson 20:58.62; 10. Jessica Rydberg 21:23.84; 15. Rachel Velarde 21:23.40; 30. Marissa Treece 21:57.99; 36. Erica Watson 22:06.34; 79. Rebecca Tracy 22:44.84; 103. Beth Tacl 23:04.50