Wisconsin senior Simon Bairu won his third consecutive Big Ten men's cross country championship Sunday in Minneapolis, as the No. 2 Badger men's cross country team captured its seventh straight conference title.
With five of its runners finishing in the top six, No. 2 Wisconsin set conference records with the number of points scored (16) and the margin of victory (85). Ohio State finished second with 101 points.
Bairu won the 8,000-meter race in 23 minutes, 31.73 seconds, making this the seventh time in eight years that a Badger has won the individual title. Bairu is the only individual in school history to win three straight conference championships and the second individual to win three championships at Wisconsin.
Including Bairu, Wisconsin placed eight runners in the top nine, with Indiana senior Sean Jefferson placing fifth. Junior Chris Solinsky placed second in 23:56.38, while redshirt freshmen Matt Withrow and Stuart Eagon placed third and fourth, respectively, in 24:06.58 and 24:07.08. Senior Antony Ford finished sixth in 24:24.63 to round out UW's scoring effort. Freshman Christian Wagner placed seventh in 24:26.23, junior Tim Nelson finished eighth in 24:27.28, and senior Ben Gregory took ninth in 24:34.03 to round out UW's top-10 finishers.
Wisconsin's women's cross country team placed sixth at its Big Ten Championships, also in Minneapolis Sunday. Junior Katrina Rundhaug finished 15th overall in 21:39.74 to pace the Badgers, who finished with 146 points, one point behind Michigan State, which finished fifth with 145. Michigan won the team portion with 42 points, while Illinois junior Cassie Hunt claimed the individual title, finishing in 21:00.54.
Freshman Alicia Pabich (28th in 22:07.89), senior Linsey Smith (33rd in 22:27.89), freshman Christina Fiduccia (34th in 22:30.04) and senior Maggie Grabow (36th in 22:32.89) all scored points for Wisconsin.
Both cross country teams head to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Nov. 12 in Bloomington, Ind.
Volleyball: Badgers defeat Ohio State on the road
The No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team picked up a big road win Saturday at No. 19 Ohio State. The Badgers swept Ohio State 30-24, 30-28 and 30-24 to retain second place in the Big Ten at 9-3 in the conference and 17-4 overall. The Buckeyes slid down to fourth at 8-4 (15-6).
Senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw led the team with a .526 hitting percentage and also recorded 11 kills and four blocks. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson recorded a team-high six blocks and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke contributed four. Wisconsin out-blocked Ohio State 11-6.
"It really came down to which defense could prevent the big surge. I think we really kept them out of their offense," Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said.
Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack recorded a match-high 14 digs, increasing her streak to 52 straight matches with double-figure digs. The Buckeyes out-dug the Badgers 52-41.
Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Danielle Meyer had a match-high 15 kills. The Buckeyes had 54 kills, compared to 50 for the Badgers.
Wisconsin hosts Illinois and No. 16 Purdue next weekend.
Men's soccer: Badgers win first conference game
The Wisconsin men's soccer team won its first conference game Sunday, a 3-2 overtime thriller over Michigan State, in Madison.
Sophomore midfielder Erik Ortega scored from 30 yards out seven minutes into overtime to give Wisconsin (6-10-0 overall, 1-4-0 Big Ten) the victory. The Badgers host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wednesday and travel to Northwestern Nov. 6 to close out the regular season.
"There have been some tough losses for us where we have had the lead but we've let the other team get back into it," head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "It's good for us to get over that hump and we had a lead here and were able to pull it out and find a way to get it done."
Wisconsin junior defender Hamid Afsari scored his first goal the season 30 minutes into the game on an assist from freshman defender Zack Lambo. Michigan State redshirt freshman forward Doug DeMartin tied the game up seven minutes later. Redshirt freshman forward Victor Diaz gave the Badgers a go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute but MSU sophomore defender Rauwshan McKenzie tied the game with two minutes remaining, sending it into overtime.
Michigan State junior netminder Jason Tillman recorded four saves, while UW junior Jake Settle had five saves.
Women's soccer: Badgers shut out Colorado College
The Wisconsin women's soccer team ended its regular season with a 2-0 win against Colorado College (7-8-3 overall) Sunday in Madison. Junior midfielder Kara Kabellis and freshman forward Sandy Jorgensen scored Wisconsin's goals and sophomore goalie Lynn Murray collected two saves in her second straight shutout. Redshirt freshman forward Taylor Walsh added an assist.
Wisconsin honored its six seniors who played their final home games: midfielder Marisa Brown, midfielder Erin Dubina, defender Becky Katsma, midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth, defender Jessica Ring and midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen.
"It was a nice way to finish for the seniors," Dean Duerst, Wisconsin head coach, said. "This game was dedicated to them and their loyalty. They will leave a lasting image on what (it) is like to be a leader."
Wisconsin (10-8-2, 3-6-1 Big Ten) faces second-seeded Purdue (11-6-1, 7-2-1) in the Big Ten tournament Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wisconsin is seeded seventh and earned a trip to the tournament with a 1-0 win over Northwestern Friday.
Women's hockey: Badgers hold UND scoreless
The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team (6-1-0 overall, 4-1-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) manhandled North Dakota Saturday, shutting the Fighting Sioux out 8-0 at the Kohl Center.
Three Badger forwards — freshman Angie Keseley, sophomore Jinelle Zaugg and junior forward Sara Bauer — each scored two goals, while junior defenseman Bobbi-Jo Slusar had four assists. Bauer opened the scoring just 3:23 into the first period on a shorthanded goal. Senior forward Cyndy Kenyon and junior forward Heidi Kletzien also had goals, including a power-play goal from the latter.
Badger junior goaltender Christine Dufour collected only eight saves, including just one in the third period, as Wisconsin out-shot UND 53-8.
For North Dakota (2-4-0, 0-4-0), senior goalie Amber Hasbargen recorded 34 saves and gave up six goals. She was pulled early in the third period. Senior Margaret-Ann Hinkley allowed two goals and had 11 saves in the remaining 16 minutes.
Wisconsin hosts St. Cloud State next weekend.