Five things to know: UW prepares for NCAA Championships

Five things to know: UW prepares for NCAA Championships

MADISON, Wis – The five-time national champion UW men’s cross country team gears up for another NCAA Championship opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 18. The women’s race begins at 9:20 a.m CT in Charlottesville, Virginia, while the men’s race is set for 10:10 a.m.

UW will make its 61st appearance at the NCAA Championships this Saturday, the most of any school in the country. The Badgers have won five national titles, their last coming in 2011. The last Badger to win the individual championship was Morgan McDonald in 2018. He joined an elite company of three fellow UW runners, including back-to-back champion Simon Bairu (2004-2005), Tim Hacker (1985) and Walter Mehl (1939).  

For fans heading to Virginia, tickets are $20 and include admission, parking at Fashion Square Mall and round-trip shuttle service to Panorama Farms. There is no on-site parking for the championship. All fans must take the shuttle service. Pre-event shuttles begin at 6:45 a.m. ET and run until 9:30 a.m. ET Returning shuttles begin at 11 a.m. ET and run until 1:30 p.m. ET

All tickets will be sold in advance online; no onsite sales will be available. Tickets to this event are limited and expected to sell out. Patrons are encouraged to purchase early.

1. LAST YEAR AT NCAAs: UW finished sixth at last year’s NCAA Championships held in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Sharp was the first Badger to cross the line, covering the 10k course in 29:16.8 and placing 16th overall. Liking and senior Rowen Ellenberg, who are set to race this weekend, rounded out last year’s top 50 with strong performances of their own. Liking earned his first All-America honor thanks to his top-40 finish. 

2. HOW WE GOT HERE: It’s been another thrilling season of UW cross country highlighted by one Big Ten title, four individual wins and two teams victories. Junior Josh Truchon got the campaign kicked off back in early September with his victory at the Badger Classic. Liking and Sharp would follow up with their first 1-2 finish of the year as Wisconsin claimed the Lakefront Invitational victory. At the heralded Nuttycombe, graduate student Jackson Sharp recorded a top-five finish as the Badgers geared up for the postseason. Liking and Sharp found their stride again at Big Ten Championships, with Liking claiming his third straight title and the program’s sixth consecutive. Finally, last Friday’s…

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