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Women’s Cross Country – Wisconsin Athletics

MADISON, Wis. – Alicia Monson started her junior season with the No. 7 Wisconsin women’s cross country team on a high note, winning the Badger Classic while leading UW to the team title on Friday.

A native of Amery, Monson won the 6K race with a time of 21 minutes and 7.1 seconds on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. This isn’t her first win on the Badgers’ home course as she won the Wisconsin Mayflower Day Open last year.

“I think we did a great job of staying relaxed and controlled through 4K and the Northwestern girls did a nice job with leading the first part,” Monson said. “(Head coach) Jill (Miller) told us to start moving after 4K, so we were able to pull each other along to the finish.

“It was great to get experience on the new course and I think it should give the younger girls confidence and a learning experience as we continue improving through the season.”

Following just behind Monson for the Badgers was Shaelyn Sorenson as the fifth-year senior took third with a time of 21:18.8. Junior Amy Davis followed shortly behind Sorenson to take fourth place in 21:27.0.

Also earning top 10 finishes were Alissa Niggemann who finished sixth (22:38.8) and Rachel Werking who finished ninth (22:51.2).

Freshman runners, Lucinda Crouch, Hannah Reale and Madison Mooney ran well and unattached in their first meet of the season. Crouch finished in seventh (22:38.9), followed by Reale in 13th (23:11.4) and Mooney in 16th (23:17.7).

UW took first place at the meet with a total of 23 points. Northwestern took second with 32 points, followed by Marquette with 81.

“Today provided a learning opportunity for us,” UW head women’s cross country coach Jill Miller said. “With the high temperatures today, I wanted to be sure the effort was controlled and fit into our plan for the entire season. The women followed the plan well and we look forward to the next two weeks of training as we prepare for the Nuttycombe Invite.”

The next time the Badgers take to the course is when they host the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour on Friday, Sept. 28. The “B” races are set to start at 11 a.m. with the championship races to follow at 12:20 p.m. and the meet can be seen live on FloTrack.

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