Badger Sports Roundup

Cross country teams qualify for NCAAs; women's hoops wins exhibition; football slips in polls; volleyball drops match; wrestling results

Cross country: Men win regionals, women place third

The Wisconsin men's cross country team won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., placing four runners in the top 10 and scoring 49 points. The women's team finished third out of 32 teams, with junior Katrina Rundhaug qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships. Sunday, the women's team received one of 13 at-large bids to join the 30-team field.

The men's team won its 21st Great Lakes Regional Championship and will advance to its 34th straight trip to the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 21.

Senior Bobby Lockhart paced the Badgers with his sixth-place finish in 31 minutes, 15.8 seconds in the 10,000-meter course. Junior Chris Solinsky (31:23.6) and senior Antony Ford (31:23.6) placed eighth and ninth, respectively, while senior Simon Bairu finished 10th in 31:23.7; all four earned all-region honors. Senior Ben Gregory (16th in 31:31:3) and redshirt freshman Christian Wagner (21st in 31:46.4) also earned all-region honors.

Ohio State senior Brian Olinger won the individual title in 30:15.5.

Rundhaug placed 12th in 21:37.3 on the 6,000-meter course. She earned all-region honors and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship because she was the fourth fastest runner who finished in the top 25 and was not on one of the top two teams. Senior Maggie Grabow was the only other Badger to earn all-region honors with her 21st-place finish in 21:50.1. Michigan won the team title with 52 points, while the Badgers finished third with 142 points. Notre Dame placed second with 68 points. Butler's Victoria Mitchell claimed the individual title in 20:37.0.

Football: Badgers slip in polls

After its 20-10 loss to unranked Iowa, the Wisconsin football team (8-3) slipped several spots in all three polls. The Badgers fell from 19 to 24 in the USA Today coaches poll. The Badgers are also ranked No. 24 in the Harris Interactive poll and are No. 25 in the Associated Press poll.

Among other Big Ten programs, Penn State comes in at No. 5, Ohio State is No. 9 and Michigan is ranked No. 17 in all three polls. Minnesota squeaked in at No. 25 in the Harris poll.

Women's basketball: Badgers crush Platteville 88-33

Sophomore guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, to lead the Badgers to an 88-33 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the former's final exhibition game.

Wisconsin was 22-of-40 from the field and had four players in double-figure scoring. In addition to Anderson and Banks, senior forward Jordan Wilson had 11 points and sophomore forward Danielle Ward put up 10. Wisconsin out-rebounded Platteville 58-28, with help from senior forward Kjersten Bakke, who grabbed 11 boards and had nine points. Senior forward Annie Nelson added eight rebounds. Anderson also had six steals and sophomore guard Akiya Alexander had six assists.

Wisconsin led 50-13 at halftime and capitalized on Platteville's mistakes by turning some of the Pioneers' 23 turnovers into 33 points.

Platteville forward Holly Kaiser contributed 13 points and four rebounds to lead her team.

Wisconsin hosts Houston Friday to both teams' season-opener.

Volleyball: Badgers fall to Minnesota

The No. 13 volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match at No. 17 Minnesota Saturday night and are now tied for second in the conference with the Gophers at 11-5 each in conference play. No. 3 Penn State (25-2 overall, 16-0 Big Ten) clinched the Big Ten Championship over the weekend with wins over Purdue and Illinois.

Wisconsin (19-6) won the first game 30-21 but dropped the last three games 30-24, 30-19 and 31-29. Wisconsin out-killed Minnesota (21-6) 63-61 but the Badgers committed a season-high 41 hitting errors and hit just .119 for the match.

"I think we missed an opportunity here to get a win on the road in Minnesota because we made a lot of unforced errors on our side of the net," head coach Pete Waite said.

Redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers added a game-high 17 kills and senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw contributed 16.

Wisconsin out-dug Minnesota 73-68, with help from sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack, who contributed 26 digs. Wack is now tied for third on the NCAA's all-time list with 56 matches with double-digit digs. Junior middle blocker Maria Carlini contributed 16 digs, while Minnesota senior libero Paula Gentil led all players with 28.

Down 2-1, the Badgers had a chance to win the fourth game, at one point holding a 12-7 lead. But the Gophers fought back and tied the game at 18-18. The game remained closely contested down to the last point, as the teams were tied at 29-29 before a kill from sophomore middle blocker Jessy Jones and a block sealed the win for Minnesota.

Wisconsin hosts Michigan and Michigan State next weekend in its final regular-season home matches.

Wrestling: Badgers compete at Pointer Open

Senior Lee Kraemer and redshirt freshmen Zach Tanelli and Kyle Massey all earned first-place finishes in their weight classes at the Pointer Open in Stevens Point Saturday. Kraemer, wrestling at 197 pounds, Tanelli (133) and Massey (heavyweight) all finished undefeated in the gold division. Tanelli earned two major decisions and Massey pinned two of his opponents in less than two minutes.

Sophomore Jake Donar (165) and redshirt freshman Dallas Herbst (197) finished second in the gold division while junior Collin Cudd (125) and senior Ed Gutnik (141) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the gold division.

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