Bairu won the Big Ten cross country title last fall and a few weeks later won the individual NCAA cross country championship while leading Wisconsin to a second-place team finish. Bairu, the first Badger to win an individual national title in cross country since 1985, was named the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Competing in the 10,000 meters this spring, Bairu placed second at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and eighth at the prestigious Cardinal Invitational in California, where he finished in a new school record of 28 minutes, 4.75 seconds. Bairu, of Regina, Saskatchewan, won the Canadian Cross Country Championship in 2003 and 2004.
Piper, who exhausted her eligibility in 2005, ended her career with 11 All-American awards.