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Badgers score fourth-place finish at NCAA championships

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Terre Haute (WKOW) -- from UW-Madison Athletics:  As the fall 2008 season came to a close on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind., the Wisconsin men's cross country team scored a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

  Wisconsin finished with 229 points, missing the bronze medal by two points, but earned its 10th-consecutive top-five finish at the national meet.

  The University of Oregon proved to be the best team in the country and won the race by a landslide with a total of 93 points.

  Iona College, a team that Wisconsin beat earlier in the season, opened eyes with their second-consecutive No. 2 finish at the championship with 147 points.

  Finishing third overall was Stanford, matching its No. 3 national ranking by the USTFCCCA.

  UW head coach Mick Byrne mentioned in his press conference before the race how the weather could play an important role in the outcome of the race.

  Unfortunately for the cold-blooded Wisconsin runners, the weather was right around 40 degrees at the start of the race, a temperature that did not seem to faze the teams from warmer climates.

  All five of the runners that competed for UW placed in the top 80 spots on Monday.

  Leading the way for Wisconsin was Landon Peacock, the fourth time that he was the top runner for the Badgers.

  Peacock finished 21st overall, completing the course in exactly 30 minutes.

  Less than fifteen seconds later, seniors Stu Eagon and Matt Withrow crossed the finish line with times of 30:09 and 30:13, respectively.

  The efforts by Peacock, Eagon and Withrow earned them All-America honors.

  For Eagon and Withrow it was their fourth consecutive All-America honors, something that only a handful of UW cross country runners have ever achieved.

  The final two runners that counted in Wisconsin's 229-point score were Craig Miller (30:50) and Jack Bolas (30:53).

  The individual champion was Galen Rupp (Oregon), the favorite to win by the USTFCCA.

  The senior finished the course in 29:03, pulling away from Samuel Chelanga (Liberty) by three seconds.

  Oregon placed three runners in the top ten spots, playing a vital role in the team's victory by over 50 points.

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