With six top-10 ranked opponents competing in this year's men's draw and five top-10 ranked participants in the women's draw, the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational continues its legacy of being one of the nation's premier collegiate meets on Friday, Oct. 18.
For specific information on the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational click here.
The implications this event has on the 2019 season ranks as high as any meets left before the national championships. Below, we detail information about the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, including the 2019 schedule, teams to watch, history and origin of the event.
Live stats and results will be posted here.
You can also watch the event on Flotrack.
Schedule: 2019 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational
Times listed in ET.
- 12:20 p.m.: Women's 6K
- 1 p.m.: Men's 8K
- 11 a.m.: Women's 6K
- 11:40 a.m.: Men's 8K
Teams to watch
Men's teams to watch: Northern Arizona, Stanford, Iowa State, Oregon, Portland, NC State
Of the 20 top-30 ranked men's teams appearing in Friday's event, five reside in the top 10. For the top-ranked team in the country, Northern Arizona, the meets comes as its first test of the season. And ultimately, its only test until the championship.
The Lumberjacks join No. 5 Stanford as the only two teams who've received first place votes. Duking it out between the Cardinal and Lumberjacks should be a good litmus test on Northern Arizona's reigning dominance. The program has won the last three championships and last three Nuttycombe Invitationals, and don't seem to be letting up on production thus far.
Contenders do exist, though. See story below.
Women's teams to watch: Arkansas, Stanford, Utah, NC State, Michigan State
The women's side mirrors the men's with the No. 1 ranked team Arkansas competing in this year's invitational, joining a pool of 20 top-30 ranked participants. This marks Arkansas' first time being ranked No. 1 in program history after dominating at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 5, finishing with four runners in the top-5.
A major question for the race: Is the Razorbacks' surge capable of withstanding Friday's daunting lineup?
Utah also made program history being ranked No. 6 — the program's best record in the modern era. The Utes upset then-No. 1 Colorado at the Joe Piane Invitational with a sic-point victory.
Here's the full list of participants:
|Men's Teams||Women's Teams|
|Air Force||Air Force (#21)|
|Boise State (#26)||Arkansas (#1)|
|Bradley||Boise State (#T-11)|
|Cal Poly||Cal Poly|
|Colorado State||Colorado State|
|Eastern Kentucky (#25)||Furman (#T-18)|
|Harvard||Iowa State (#29)|
|Indiana (#15)||Michigan State (#10)|
|Iowa State (#6)||Minnesota (#T-18)|
|Michigan State||Northern Arizona (#27)|
|Missouri||NC State (#9)|
|Northern Arizona (#1)||New Mexico (#T-4)|
|NC State (#10)||Notre Dame (#16)|
|New Mexico||Ohio State (#22)|
|Notre Dame (#13)||Oregon (#14)|
|Oregon (#7)||Oregon State (#25)|
|Purdue (#11)||Southern Utah|
|Southern Utah||Stanford (#T-4)|
|Stanford (#5)||Syracuse (#15)|
|UCLA (#20)||Utah (#6)|
|Utah State (#22)||Utah State|
|Wake Forest||Wake Forest|
|Washington State||Washington State|
|Wisconsin (#19)||West Virginia|
|Wyoming (#T-30)||Wisconsin (#13)|
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational history
Races will be held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, which is named after UW-River Falls student athlete and fan of the Badgers Thomas Zimmer. He was the key donor in constructing the course.
For more fun facts about the invitational, see the article below.
Here's the invitational's past winners, since 2010:
|Year||Men's Winners||Women's Winners|
|2018||Northern Arizona, 46||Michigan State, 31|
|2017||Northern Arizona, 50||New Mexico, 87|
|2016||Northern Arizona, 78||Washington, 124|
|2015||Michigan, 31||Arkansas, 31|
|2014||Syracuse, 25||New Mexico, 41|
|2013||Northern Arizona, 121||Arizona, 117|
|2012||Wisconsin, 65||BYU, 78|
|2011||Wisconsin, 66||Washington, 199|
|2010||Indiana, 43||Syracuse, 89|