Five Things to Know: No. 5 UW host Badger Classic

Five Things to Know: No. 5 UW host Badger Classic

MADISON, Wis.— The Wisconsin men’s cross country team begins its 2023 campaign by hosting the Badger Classic on Saturday at the Zimmer Championship Course. The men’s 8-kilometer race is set to start at 10:30 A.M with the women’s 5-kilometer race to follow at 11:10 a.m. 

Admission is free for the meet, but there will be no spectator parking on site. Parking is not allowed on County Highway PD or County Highway M near the Zimmer Course. Any vehicles violating this will be subject to ticket and tow at the owner’s expense.

Spectator parking will be located at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Verona. Spectator shuttles, which are free this season, are available for transportation to the course. One accessible shuttle will be available. The shuttle service begins at 9 a.m. and concludes one hour after the final race has finished.


Fans can follow the action @BadgerTrackXC on Twitter and Instagram. Live results will be available through PTTiming.

1. BACK IN ACTION: The Badgers begin their season at the Badger Classic, where Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Rutgers are set to compete. Saturday’s race is the first of six for the Badgers this season, including the highly regarded Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, which will feature nine of the nation’s top-10 teams.

2. DEFENDING THE THRONE: Wisconsin will look to win its sixth consecutive Big Ten title this season and 54th in program history. The Badgers will also try to go back-to-back in the Great Lakes region, a trophy they captured last season for the first time since 2018.

3. LEADERS OF THE PACK: The Badgers open up their campaign ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Regional rankings. Wisconsin also comes in at No. 5 in the nation, the highest ranking of any Big Ten program in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll.

4. A DYNAMIC DUO RETURNS: Wisconsin’s All-American duo Bob Liking and Jackson Sharp return for another season. Liking has won back-to-back individual Big 10 titles, while Sharp, who placed second at last year’s Big Ten championship, returns for his final season of eligibility after winning the Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2022. 

5. LOOKING AHEAD: The Badgers will travel to Chicago, Illinois, for the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational…

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