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Varsity - September 13, 2012

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INSIDE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY BY BRIAN MASON @Badger_Track SCHEDULE Last Week Sept. 7 Badger Opener 1st/15 pts. This Week Sept. 15 Warhawk Invite Coming Up Sept. 22 Virginia Invitational Sept. 29 Greater Louisville 8:30 a.m. Cross Country Classic lin Comfort (an unattached competi- tor) was the overall winner, Murphy took the first-place team points by finishing second in 17:54. Alongside at the finish was last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Gabi Anzalone, in third while seniors Hanna Knurr and Ashley Beutler were just a step behind in fourth and fifth. All in all, it was a good first step, ac- cording to head coach Jim Stintzi. "Our goal was to see if we could Badgers look to build on strong start to season Freshman paced UW to perfect team score S tatistically speaking, things could not have gone better for the No. 29-ranked Wisconsin wom- en's cross country team in its season opener last Friday. The Badgers' start was strong on a practical level, as well. The perfect team score of 15 points on the scoreboard 54 » VARSITY SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 was proof of the statistical success. The fact that a true fresh- man not only ran with Wis- consin's top returners, but finished ahead of them, was as much a figurative win for the Badgers as it was a literal victory for Emma-Lisa Mur- phy. While former Badger Cait- have five to seven people run at the front and stay together, work togeth- er," Stintzi said. "We have a travel limit of 12 and we're trying to figure out those 12. We had some people out here racing for those spots." For her part, Murphy — a native of Whitefish Bay, Wis. — just being able to keep pace at the front was the ma- jor takeaway. "I felt really good and I was super excited that I could run with a great pack of girls," she said. The Badgers' search for depth con- tinues this weekend, with a limited number of runners taking part in UW- Whitewater's Warhawk Invitational on Saturday. 10:45 a.m. 9 a.m.

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