Badger Sports Roundup

Two runners headed to world championships; Zaugg honored

Freshmen Matt Withrow and Stuart Eagon, runners who redshirted with the University of Wisconsin men's cross country team last fall, qualified for the 2005 World Cross Country Championships. The runners qualified for the race after competing at the 2005 USA Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., Sunday.

Withrow placed fourth in the men's open 12,000-meter race in 37 minutes, 32.4 seconds and was the top non-professional athlete in the race.

Eagon placed second in the junior men's 8,000-meter race, finishing in 25:22.

"Both Matt and Stuart have been working hard toward this goal for quite a few months and it's a great payoff for all of their hard work," UW cross country coach Jerry Schumacher said. "It's a great situation for two teammates to go to the World Cross Country Championships. They did a great job."

The top six individual finishers in each race qualified for the World Cross Country Championships, which will be held March 19-20 in Saint Galmier, France.

Brandon Bethke, who will compete for the Badgers beginning in fall of 2005, finished 17th in the junior men's race in 26:29.6.

Two former Badgers also competed in the open men's 4,000-meter race. Matt Downin, a 2000 graduate, finished 14th in 12:08.6 while Isaiah Festa, a 2003 grad, finished 28th in 12:24.0.

Zaugg award redux

Wisconsin women's hockey freshman forward Jinelle Zaugg was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's rookie of the week for the second consecutive week Monday. Zaugg collected four points on three goals and an assist over the weekend as the Badgers swept Ohio State.

Zaugg, who has 21 points, currently ranks 14th in scoring among the nation's freshmen.

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