UW runners win 13th straight Big Ten title
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.