Sunday, October 14, 2012

Women Impress at Wisconsin Invitational

I remember my very first "Big" race.  It was the 1977 Maryland Marathon and there were more than 2,000 runners signed up.  I was a newbie to the distance so I started in the back and spent the entire run passing people.  I couldn't believe how many there were.

But when there is nearly that many on a cross country course, it is especially tough.  Every twist and turn is a catastrophe waiting to happen.  The Wisconsin Invitational has become one of the most popular meets of the year and the expansion this year to nearly 50 teams makes it one of the biggest out there.  That's even considering they added a "B" race (to increase the total to more than 50!), which would have been a dream-come-true for me.

With many of the top teams in the country jockeying for rankings, the Nittany Lion Women impressed with an 8th place showing, tops in the Big Ten.  Rebekka Simko led the charge.  That shows some excellent range for a great 800 M runner.  (PSU is 800 U!).

The finish moved them to 14th in the NCAA rankings.

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