MADISON, WI. — The Wisconsin Badgers Cross Country team captured the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship for the second time in three years and for the thirtieth time overall this past Saturday.
The Badgers, ranked third in the nation, won the event with a score of 49 points, securing their spot in the NCAA Cross County National Championships to be held next week in Madison.
Wisconsin claimed this title thanks to their depth, and part of that depth includes a little bit of Coldwater flavor.
Badger freshman Shuaib Aljabaly, a 2018 CHS graduate and school record holder, helped Wisconsin to the crown, finishing in sixteenth place overall in the 10K race, crossing the tape in a time of 31 minutes, 29.4 seconds.
Aljabaly has come on strong as the season grinds on, becoming a key member of the Badger roster.
In his collegiate debut back in Sept., Aljabaly finished in tenth place overall in the Badger Classic, running a time of 26 minutes, 6.7 seconds for the 8K race, followed up by a forty-sixth place finish in the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals, running a personal best time for the 8K in 24 minutes, 37 seconds.
Most recently, Aljabaly competed at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in sixty-first place overall in a time of 25 minutes, 5.5 seconds for the 8K.
With his finish at the Regional Meet Aljabaly earned All-Region honors.
Aljabaly was a standout runner for the Coldwater Cross Country and Track teams, finishing his senior season undefeated in Cross Country, winning the Division Two State Championship, breaking the 14 minute barrier, and earning himself the Mr. Cross Country award presented by the MITCA. Aljabaly was also a member of the Coldwater State Championship Track team, finishing in third place in the 3200 meter run while winning the state title in the 1600.
Congratulations to the Wisconsin Badgers and to Shuaib Aljabaly on their success at the collegiate level.