MEET RECAP: 2018 Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational

Meet organizers for the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational remarked on how difficult it was to spread the talent evenly between the four seeded races.

After seeing the results from Saturday’s meet, it’s safe to say they did a fantastic job.

Four competitive races, stacked with ranked teams from the most recent NCAA Division I National Coaches’ Polls, highlighted an exciting day of cross country at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisconsin.

When all was said and done after a delayed start due to frost, No. 1 Northern Arizona and No. 2 BYU won the men’s races, while No. 4 New Mexico and No. 7 Arkansas won the women’s races.

2018 Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational

Men’s Cardinal
Women’s Cardinal
No. 1 Northern Arizona
No. 7 Arkansas
No. 5 Stanford
No. 4 Oregon
No. 11 Colorado
No. 11 Indiana
No. 13 Oregon
No. 9 BYU
NR Wyoming
No. 13 NC State
No. 9 Colorado State
No. 23 Portland
No. 22 Ole Miss
No. 21 Minnesota
NR Furman
NR Syracuse
RV Gonzaga
NR Northern Arizona
No. 15 Southern Utah
No. 1 Colorado

Men’s Cardinal 8K

Top-ranked Northern Arizona did top-ranked Northern Arizona things.

The Lumberjacks, who recently became the longest reigning No. 1 team in the past 20 years in the NCAA DI National Coaches’ Polls, rolled to the team victory. NAU scored just 41 points as it put its entire scoring lineup in the top-15. Tyler Day and Matthew Baxter led the way in second and third place, respectively, while Peter Lomong also notched a top-7 finish.

No. 5 Stanford had the third best team in the field (based on rank) and finished runner-up. Grant Fisher debuted for the Cardinal and captured the individual title in a thrilling finish. Fisher was joined in the top-10 by Alex Ostberg as they helped Stanford to 84 team points.

No. 11 Colorado finished a distant third with 110 points and put two runners of its own in the top-10: Joe Klecker (fifth) and Ryan Forsyth (1oth).

No. 13 Oregon and NR Wyoming rounded out the top-5 teams in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Women’s Cardinal 6K

No. 7 Arkansas proved it could be a force in the postseason with its performance today. The Razorbacks put four runners in the top-10 of a loaded race and scored 51 points in a winning effort, 20 fewer than the runner-up team No. 4 Oregon.

Arkansas was led by Katrina Robinson, who continues to have a stellar freshman year. Robinson finished runner-up to Oregon’s Jessica Hull. The other Razorbacks in the top-10 were Taylor Werner (sixth), Carina Viljoen (eighth) and Lauren Gregory (10th).

Hull paced the Ducks to their runner-up showing as she won the race in 20:03.2. She was the only Oregon athlete in the top-10, but Weronika Pyzik, Philippa Bowden and Carmela Baez all finished in the top-20.

No. 11 Indiana continues to impress as it finished third. The Hoosiers were led by Katherine Receveur, who finished 15th overall in 20:33.8.

No. 9 BYU and No. 13 NC State rounded out the top-5 teams in fourth and fifth, respectively.

2018 Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational

Men’s White
Women’s White
No. 2 BYU
No. 3 New Mexico
No. 12 Washington
No. 10 Michigan
No. 8 Syracuse
No. 5 Stanford
No. 25 UCLA
No. 22 Notre Dame
NR Notre Dame
No. 16 Washington
No. 10 Air Force
No. 8 Wisconsin
No. 13 Purdue
No. 12 Furman
No. 21 Indiana
RV Southern Utah
No. 4 Portland
No. 28 Georgia
No. 17 Washington State
NR Air Force

Men’s White 8K

No. 2 BYU continues to make it look easy.

The Cougars, led by Rory Linkletter’s individual title, put five runners in the top-12 and scored just 29 points to rout the field. Linkletter was joined in the top-5 by Conner Mantz (fourth) and Clayson Shumway (fifth). Connor McMillan placed seventh overall.

No. 12 Washington finished a distant runner-up to BYU with 106 points. The Huskies put one runner in the top-10 (Tibebu Proctor) and three in the top-15, if you include Proctor.

No. 8 Syracuse struggled to find its footing as it only had one runner in the top-30. That was Aidan Tooker, who gave the Orange a great low stick with a runner-up finish.

No. 25 UCLA and NR Notre Dame rounded out the top-5 teams in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Women’s White 6K

No. 3 New Mexico bounced back in a big way.

The formerly ranked No. 1 Lady Lobos cruised to the team title today. Weini Kelati and Ednah Kurgat went 1-2 and Charlotte Prouse added another top-10 finish as New Mexico totaled 67 points to outpace runner-up No. 10 Michigan.

The Wolverines put two runners in the top-15 (Avery Evenson, eighth; Hannah Meier, 12th) and packed up well behind them to assure themselves a favorable finish.

No. 5 Stanford finished third in the team standings and were buoyed by Elise Cranny and Fiona O’Keefe as they crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 16 Washington rounded out the top-5 teams in fourth and fifth, respectively.