The Wisconsin men’s cross country team proved again Saturday at the NCAA championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that it is the best in the Big Ten Conference.
The Badgers won three straight meets, including their 53rd Big Ten championship and 32nd regional title, entering Saturday’s national championship race. No. 6 UW finished sixth with 212 points.
Northern Arizona won the team championship with 83 points after a tiebreaker was used that handed Oklahoma State second. Stanford sophomore Charles Hicks covered the 10,000-meter course in 28 minutes, 43.6 seconds for individual honors.
UW senior Jackson Sharp finished in 29:16.8 to place 16th and lead the Badgers. Sophomore Bob Liking was 34th in 29:30.2. Sophomore Rowen Ellenberg was 45th in 29:40.9. Senior Charlie Wheeler finished in 29:49.1 to place 54th. Sophomore Jack Meijer rounded out the team scoring by placing 79th in 30:02.3.
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It was a record 60th appearance in the NCAA championships for the UW men’s program.
Women finish 19th
Middleton native Shea Ruhly led the Badgers on Saturday to a top-20 finish at the NCAA championships.
The redshirt junior placed 94th, finishing the 6,000-meter course in 20:34.9. The Badgers, who were ranked 23rd entering the race, placed 19th with 494 points.
“Well, we came in ranked lower than we actually finished today,” Rhuly said in a release. “We ran as a team and that was what we wanted to do and despite how everything played out, I think we’re happy finishing together.”
NC State won the team title with 114 points and was followed by New Mexico with 140 points. Ohio State led Big Ten teams by ranking 15th with 467 points.
NC State’s Katelyn Tuohy paced the race for individual honors, crossing the line in 19:27.7.
Other Badgers scorers included: senior Samantha Stieve, 20:36.9, 97th; graduate student Lucinda Crouch, 20:38.3, 104th; senior Victoria Heiligenthal, 20:56.1, 149th; and Madison West grad and UW senior Vivian Hacker, 21:00.9, 171st.
Badgers fans proud of ‘gritty’ Wisconsin football win at Nebraska
Nitty gritty victory
Eleven down in the 4th quarter and the Badgers overcame the wind, the officiating, and are now Bowl eligible for the 21st consecutive season! Congratulations to both the players and coaches. They never gave up. A gritty performance!
— Jeff Ostach☮️ (@jeff_ostach) November 19, 2022
Just like basketball
The biggest difference between the team that lost to Illinois and the team that won today was that they never stopped fighting.
But that was one of the ugliest wins in a long time. Like Badgers MBB over UWGB-level ugly.
— Craig Smith (@smithcp1) November 19, 2022
Can’t take that away
Was looking like the points lost on two Chim drops would cost them. Love the QB sneak and having both backs be the “pushers”. Say this for Mertz: the guy has toughness.
— Rob Finley (@finleyr27) November 19, 2022
This team has been through a ton…yes they played unevenly…but made plays in the end.
— Todd (@pilprin) November 19, 2022
Progression in the ugly?
Ugly on a technical level, but gotta give the team credit for fighting, not sure they win this type of game early in the season
— Dan D. (@One_Punch_Dan) November 19, 2022
Very gutty win… I love CFB because you see kids, most of who won’t ay in the NFL, giving 100% effort on every play. And they got rewarded for it.
Herbig ejection galvanized them a bit I think. And Kaden Johnson played well in his place!!
— email@example.com (@seanu82766) November 19, 2022
Looks good in hindsight
Been saying all year, Get the ball in Guerrendo’s hands!!! Look what happened!
— Richard Earlier (@EarlierRichard) November 19, 2022
Room for running backs
Isaac and Chez carried the load for a very obviously hurting Allen. Great grit shown by all of them.
— DesertEagle (@D3s3rtEagl3) November 19, 2022
Shadow of greatness
Coach Leonard stole one. Just like Barry did at times.
— Ilija Radjenovic (@IlijaQZ) November 19, 2022
Count Chocula Bowl here we come!!! (that’s a thing right?) 🧛🏼♂️
— Russ Evansen (@waunaruss) November 19, 2022
Where it always sleets
can’t wait for the “welcome to shreveport pirelli tire bowl”, but glad to get the win
— Slim Hickman (@SlimHickman) November 19, 2022
The future is now
Fought hard. All you can ask. Give Leonhard the job already. The short term future (and, by extension, long term future) of the program depends on it
— Jon Corbett (@Jon_Corbett) November 19, 2022
McIntosh at work
Gutty win but start the national search. AD needs to weigh alternatives: if Jim’s olan is better and he thinks he can execute it, fine. Otherwise, move on
— Fred Ehle (@FredEhle) November 19, 2022
Not bad for rock bottom?
Great win during a bad year. I hope this proves to be “rock bottom” and Leonhard has the offensive line and defense on the upswing by next year, but I know that’s a tall task.
— JZilla (@zillmerjsh) November 19, 2022
The record is the record
Leonhard 4-2 and a few plays from 5-1. Mertz hung tough!
— Douglas Greenberg (@DougGreenB) November 19, 2022
A vote for Jimmy
Painful to watch but love the fight which wasn’t there early in the season. Chez looked good. A much-needed win – give Jimmy the job!
— Susan Balsai (@sesbadger) November 19, 2022
Despite the win, team languishing; barely defeated a bad team. UW better in most metrics yet never appeared dominant.Hope is that once OLine is consistent and healthy, they can blow out teams like this. 6-7 wins=mediocrity. We’ve become accustomed to better.
— Mark Schutta (@MarkSchutta) November 19, 2022
Onto the Axe
Happy for the team after a brutal week. Needed something to go their way. D was special again. Offense arose when needed.
Now let’s go get the Axe!
— Chris Davis (@cdavis20000) November 19, 2022
A huge win. Bowl practices are really important, particularly with a transition to a new head coach.
— David Roelke (@droelke) November 19, 2022
Ugly win, BUT very important For the future of the program. Hope it can help stop the recruit bleeding and give them some confidence going into The Axe game.
— Eric M. Tostrud (@EricTostrud) November 19, 2022
Pride on the line?
Get the Axe back. Win the Quik Lane Car Care Bowl….
And pretend this season never happened!!
— Brian Suttie (@BigDaddySutt) November 19, 2022
The real ‘football’
With the World Cup coming up, it’s appropriate to note that they call soccer the beautiful game. That does not apply here.
— Peter Healy (@PeterRHealy) November 19, 2022