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."
"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."