The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUSports.com as we re-isit the top 20 moments.
|Moment No. 12
|Date||Oct. 12, 2012|
|Location||Zimmer XC Course | Madison, Wis.|
|Original Story||Huth Blasts School Record to Lead 'Cats in Wisconsin|
|Social Media||@NUwildcatXC | Northwestern Cross Country|
|Top 20 Countdown||Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown|
When the story of Northwestern Cross Country's rise to prominence under head coach April Likhite is written, a key chapter will be dedicated to the role that Audrey Huth played in the turnaround during her four years in Evanston. Almost immediately after her arrival on campus in 2009, Huth became a leader for her teammates not just on the cross country course, but also in the confidence and commitment she brought to the program and daily training.
It took Huth only until her sophomore season in 2010 to become Northwestern's 6K school-record holder, posting a time of 20:35 in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships that season. But two years later, Huth soared past that mark to record the No. 12 moment in NUsports.com's countdown of the Top 20 Moments of the 2012-13 athletic year.
Racing at the nationally competitive Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 12, 2012, Huth put forth an extraordinary effort to cut 16 seconds off her own school record with a time of 20:19, landing her in 32nd place out of more than 320 runners at the meet. Huth's performance helped the Wildcats finish fourth out of 10 Big Ten teams competing that day in Madison and 27th overall in a field that included 20 nationally ranked squads.
A native of Shelby, Mich., Huth graduated this spring as the most accomplished cross country runner in program history, twice earning NCAA All-Midwest Region honors as well as All-Big Ten status as a junior in 2011. For her career, Huth was Northwestern's leading finisher in 21 of the 25 meets in which she competed.