Badgers seventh in men’s cross country race

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Gazette wire services
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
— An All-America finish by true freshman Mohammed Ahmed led the University of Wisconsin menís cross country team to a seventh-place finish Monday at the 2009 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind.

Ahmed finished in 30th place, covering the 10 kilometers in 30 minutes, 14.4 seconds. Having finished in the top 40 overall, Ahmed earned the first All-America honor of his career.

Oklahoma State won the meet with a score of 127. The Cowboys were followed by Oregon with 143 points and Alabama with 173.

No.1-ranked Stanford finished 10th with 354 team points.

The Badgers finished in seventh place with 321 team points.

Last yearís NCAA runner-up, junior Sam Chelanga of Liberty University, won the menís individual title, finishing in 28:41.3.

UW senior Craig Miller, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, finished 49th in 30:29.0. Sophomore Elliot Krause finished in 75th place in 30:39.7 and junior Landon Peacock crossed the finish line in 96th place in a time of 30:52.4.

Redshirt freshman Maverick Darling, the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, rounded out the scoring for the Badgers, finishing in 144th place in a time of 31:20.3.

Junior Jack Bolas and senior and Fort Atkinson High graduate Ryan Gasper also ran for the Badgers, finishing in 153rd place (31:24.4) and 195th place (31:53.7), respectively.

UWís Comfort 70th

UW sophomore Caitlin Comfort finished in 70th place out of 254 runners Monday at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

Comfort was named an individual qualifier and was the only Badger woman to compete in the national meet. She finished the 6-kilometer race in 21 minutes, 6 seconds.

Comfort shaved 52 seconds off her time and advanced 128 spots from her finish in last yearís race.

Last updated: 11:53 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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