Wisconsin senior cross country runner Simon Bairu has been named the Big Ten Runner of the Week after he won the Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 24 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Bairu finished the 8,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 34 seconds, more than 30 seconds ahead of his nearest competition. No. 1 Wisconsin finished second as a team with 151 points.
Bairu, the defending national and Big Ten champion, was named the conference runner of the week in 2003 after placing third at the Griak. He was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week March 30, 2004.
Men's soccer falls 1-0
The Wisconsin men's soccer team (4-5-0) lost1-0 to Northern Illinois (6-2-1) Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Northern Illinois' Chris Rufa put up the Huskies' lone goal in the 17th minute of the game. Despite taking 17 shots, Wisconsin could not punch one in the net. Redshirt freshman forward Victor Diaz, freshman midfielder Kenny Dix (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore midfielder Erik Ortega each had three shots.
"I thought for the most part we had the better of it in terms of possession," head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "Their goal was a little lucky with the deflection, but overall I thought we played well on two-thirds of the field, but were unable to capitalize in that final third that we needed to."
Husky netminder Steve Goletz had four saves, while Badger goaltender Jake Settle had five.
UW best game-day atmosphere in Big Ten
Sports Illustrated on Campus has named Wisconsin as having the best football game-day atmosphere in the conference. In this week's SI on Campus, Wisconsin is tops in the conference, with Penn State No. 2 and Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan rounding out the top five. SI on Campus named Madison the best college sports town in the country in 2003.