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Houser, Foerster Lead Dawgs At Wisconsin

Houser, Foerster Lead Dawgs At Wisconsin


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MADISON, Wisc. – In perhaps the toughest field of the season, and a larger field than the national championships, the Husky cross country teams turned in a solid effort in tough conditions at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The eighth-ranked UW women defeated nine Top-30 squads today, while the men got a top-20 individual finish from Luke Houser and outran two ranked squads.
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The meet, held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, featured 36 men’s teams and 33 women’s teams, with 22 ranked teams in each field, eight of the top-10 on the men’s side and seven of the top-10 on the women’s side.
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The Husky women’s team went out aggressively and was fourth at the 2k split, but couldn’t quite maintain that positioning and finished a respectable 13th-place today, beating out the likes of 10th-ranked Colorado, 14th-ranked Providence, 18th-ranked Furman, 20th-ranked Utah, 21st-ranked North Carolina, 23rd-ranked Wisconsin, and a few more top-30 teams.
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Houser had a second-straight impressive run leading the men, and Leo Daschbach also cracked the top-100, as the Huskies placed 27th overall, earning head-to-head wins over 19th-ranked Florida State and 27th-ranked NC State. UW still held out 1500m national champs Joe Waskom and Nathan Green, who could potentially make big impacts in the championship meets coming up.
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UW will turn its attention soon to hosting the final Pac-12 Championships in its current alignment, which is now two weeks away on Oct. 27 at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place, Wash.
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Women’s Race
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Chloe Foerster and Julia David-Smith followed up their breakout season opening runs with impressive efforts to finish in the top-50 today. Foerster led the Huskies for the first time in her career, as she was 40th in a time of 20:39. She moved up nine places over the final 2k. David-Smith was very steady, ranging from 46-51 at all three 2k splits, finishing 50th overall in 20:43.
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One year ago, Foerster was 212th at this meet, an improvement of 172 places, while David-Smith was not yet running after knee surgery. As a freshman in 2021, David-Smith was 175th at this meet.
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Sophie O’Sullivan went out in the top-20 through 2k, then struggled in the middle 2k but rallied again down the stretch to grab a 65th-place finish as the third Husky scorer in 20:52. A year ago, O’Sullivan ran to 144th-place. Fourth across was India Weir in…

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