CHICAGO – Leane Willemse led the 17th-ranked Wisconsin women’s cross country team to a third-place showing at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational scoring 94 points on Friday morning in Chicago.
Willemse was the first Badger to cross the finish line, covering the 6 kilometer course in 20 minutes, 5.3 seconds, moving up 13 spots over the last three kilometers. This was a personal best time for the junior who ran her previous best time last season at the Big Ten Championships. Alexa Westley also captured herself a top-15 finish coming in 13th covering the course in 20:10.6.
Graduate Student Vivian Hacker was the third Badger to finish with a 21st-place showing in 20:21.5 and Danielle Orie followed closely behind Hacker coming in 23rd in 20:24.9. Samantha Stieve rounded out scoring for the Badgers finishing 47th in 20:51.3.
Mya Bunke leads UW to second place in Gold Division Race
Wisconsin finished second in the gold division race with three Badgers securing top-20 spots. Junior Mya Bunke took first among the Badgers, with a ninth place showing in 21:21.4. Emma Watcke quickly followed Hacker with her 14th-place finish in 21:30.6. Isabella Jacobsen was the third Badger to cross the line in 21:39.5 to earn 17th place.
Graduate student Maya Rayle competed unattached for the Badgers going on to win the race with a personal best time of 20:30.1.
Straight from the Course
Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne:
“It was fun competing today in Chicago along Lake Michigan. It almost felt like a home meet and both teams ran very well. The women continue to improve and I’m excited see them continue to improve in October. I like where they are right now.”
“It was a good first race of the season. It was fun packing up. Our goal was to be a bit conservative and work as a team through the field. I stayed patient and just focused on working up lap by lap and finishing strong. I am excited about where we are as a team and I am looking forward to the rest of…