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UW runners win 13th straight Big Ten title

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Gazette staff
October 31, 2011
— There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for the Univesity of Wisconsin menís cross country team on Sunday.

There were no black cats crossing the Badgersí paths on the eve of Halloween, either.


Jinxes never factored in for No. 2-ranked Wisconsin, which, which made its own luck with a near-perfect showing at the 2011 Big Ten Championship.


Behind a record-setting individual effort from junior Mohammed Ahmed, the Badgers captured their 13th-consecutive Big Ten title in dominating fashion at the University of Illinois Arboretum.


The Badgers easily distanced themselves from the field by placing five runners in the top six for a team score of 17 points. Ahmed crossed the line first, setting a Big Ten meet record with his 8-kilometer time of 23 minutes, 18 seconds.


Junior Maverick Darling followed as the runner-up in a time of 23:26, with senior Elliot Krause third in 23:27. Junior Reed Connor and senior Ryan Collins finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with identical times of 23:36.



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