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Jorgensen's All-America performance leads Badger women at NCAAs


Terre Haute (WKOW) -- from UW-Madison Athletics:  An All-America performance by senior Gwen Jorgensen propelled the Wisconsin women's cross country team Monday to a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

  Jorgensen led the way for the Badgers with a 19th-place finish, completing the 6-kilometer LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in 20 minutes, 27.7 seconds to earn her first cross country All-America honor.

  Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego claimed the individual crown for the third-consecutive season, winning in 19:28.1, while Washington claimed the team title with 79 points thanks to four top-20 finishes.

  Taking nearly a full minute off the time that earned her an 83rd-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships, the senior was the No. 4 finisher from a Big Ten Conference school.

  Jorgensen finished in 20:27 or better in each of the season's five 6K races.

  Junior Hanna Grinaker narrowly missed All-America honors with a 44th-place finish in 20:44.8, crossing the line less than a second out of 40th place.

  Grinaker was an All-American as a freshman and sophomore for the UW.

  "As a team it wasn't that great a day for us," head coach Jim Stinzi said. "But Gwen and Hanna both had solid days and performed well."

  Sophomore Leah Coyle took 174th in 21:46.8, while freshman Caitlin Comfort was 198th in 21:58.1 and sophomore Alexa Renstrom finished 242nd in a time of 22:56.6.

  "It's a really unpredictable race simply because there are so many good runners," Stinzi said. "If you don't establish position early, it's difficult to move up."

  The meet capped a season that saw the Badgers score runner-up finishes at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

  "We had a really strong season," Stinzi said. "We would like to have finished it stronger, but sometimes those things happen and you just have to use it to prepare for next season."

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