Oct. 12, 2012
Adidas Invite -- Championship and Open Meet Results
Bradley Classic Complete Results (PDF)
MADISON, Wis. -- Northwestern senior Audrey Huth (Shelby, Mich./Utica) took advantage of ideal conditions and a nationally competitive field to break her own 6K school record at Friday's Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison. Huth completed UW's Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course in 20:19 and took 32nd place out of more than 320 runners, cutting 16 seconds off the school standard she set as a sophomore in 2010.
Huth's effort helped Northwestern place 27th in a field of 48 teams, 20 of which garnered national rankings in the most recent USTFCCCA polls. NU also finished fourth among 10 Big Ten programs competing at the event, checking in behind only Penn State (eighth), Michigan State (ninth) and Minnesota (16th), while downing Wisconsin, Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska.
The Wildcats finished with a score of 652, well clear of their next closes competitor in North Carolina (707).
Junior Michelle Moriset also had a day to remember for the Wildcats, dropping her 6K career-best to 20:50, a time that is the third-best in school history behind only Huth's top two career performances. Her classmate, Lexie Goldsmith was challenging for NU's second spot as well by also going below 21 minutes with a time of 20:56. That represents a 15-second improvement over her previous personal best set at last year's Big Ten Championships.
Senior Sophie Ewald followed suit by setting a PR and placing fourth among Wildcats with her time of 21:19, while fellow fifth-year senior Abby Tracy contributed a stellar 21:27 effort to round out Northwestern's scoring.
Iowa State came away as the team champion of the Championship Division with 109 team points.
In the Women's Open Race, Northwestern placed seventh with 122 team points, with senior Lauren Neuschel leading Wildcat finishers with a time of 21:29. Senior Ashley Greenwell was a step behind with her effort of 21:30, followed by junior Julia Buford (21:33) and freshmen Jessie Baloga (21:58) and Allison Jacobsen (22:09).
Northwestern also fielded a squad at Friday's Bradley Classic in Peoria, where the Wildcats fought their way to seventh place out of 23 teams in the final standings.
NU was led in the 6K event by junior Nicole Oliver, who finished in a tie for 22nd overall with a strong effort of 21:47. Janelle Li-A-Ping was next for NU, also staying under 22 minutes with a time of 21:57, while freshman Camille Blackman joined the pack by crossing in 21:58.
Senior Allegra Mayer (22:21) and freshman Rachel Weathered (22:35) were NU's fourth and fifth scorers, respectively.
Northwestern now has two weeks to prepare for the 2012 Big Ten Championships, set for Sunday, Oct. 28, on the campus of Michigan State University.
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