Men's cross country tops in Big Ten

Wisconsin's men's cross country team claimed the Big Ten Championship for the fifth consecutive time Sunday; sophomore Simon Bairu won an individual title

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The men's cross country team earned its fifth consecutive Big Ten Championship this weekend, earning 40 points to top the 11-team field. Michigan placed second with 57 points, followed by Indiana with 90 and Ohio State with 93.

Seven underclassmen led the Badgers, competing in the eight-kilometer event Sunday. Sophomore Simon Bairu led all runners with a first-place finish in 23:58.8. Freshman Chris Solinsky clocked in at 24:20.3, good for third place and junior Tim Keller took fifth in 24:24.0; all three runners earned first-team, All-Big Ten recognition.

Other Wisconsin finishers include second-team, All-Big Ten sophomore Bobby Lockhart, who took 14th in 24:38.2, junior Josh Spiker in 24:40.6 for 17th place and freshman Tim Nelson, who was right behind Spiker in 24:41.1. Sophomore Ben Gregory rounded out the top seven Wisconsin runners with a 37th place finish, coming in at 25:17.1.

The women's cross country team took fifth in the Big Ten Championship Sunday (176 points), led by seniors Maggie Guiney, Hilary Edmondson and Michelle Lilienthal.

Michigan (31) was crowned the women's Big Ten Champion, with Michigan State (57) and Penn State (76) in tow.

Guiney led the Badger finishers in 11th place overall, clocking in at 21:30.1, while Edmondson was just seven seconds behind her, taking a 13th place finish. Lilienthal took 43rd overall, finishing in 22:28.21. Edmondson and Guiney made the second-team, All-Big Ten roster.

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