Sometimes it's not how you start, but how you finish in sports and for the Badgers 2012 cross country team that's the attitude it had to take coming into the season facing injuries and Olympic athletes coming back into form. Instead of folding this team came back strong down the stretch runs and took home their 14th straight Big Ten title at host Northwestern on Sunday.
Overall that makes 46 conference titles for one of the most dominate programs in all of collegiate athletics. The Badgers used four Top 10 finishers to ease their way to a dominating victory.
Seniors Mohammed Ahmed, Reed Connor, Maverick Darling, and Rob Finnerty were all Top 10 finishers and earned first team all-Big Ten honors as a result. Darling paced the Badger contingent, finishing 2nd overall and was followed closely by Ahmed in 3rd. Connor and Finnerty paired up to finish 6th and 7th respectively and finishing out the scoring contingent for the Badgers was junior Alex Brill in 15th place.
That gave Wisconsin a low total of 33 points, besting 2nd place Michigan who had 65 points. Rounding out the top 3 teams was Indiana with 75 points.
Wisconsin now moves on to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 9th where it will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships and defend it's Division I Championship won last season.