LINCOLN, Neb. – Four weeks ago at the 2018 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour, Wisconsin women’s cross-country junior Alicia Monson made a statement to the cross-country world, winning the individual title while defeating the reigning NCAA champion.
Monson proved her win at the Nuttycombe was no fluke at the 2018 Big Ten cross-country Championships Oct. 28 as the junior became the first Badger since 2001 to win an individual conference title.
Monson covered the 6K course at the Mahoney Golf Course in 19 minutes, 49.3 seconds to lead No. 11 UW to a third-place finish with 89 points. The Badgers finished behind No. 7 Michigan, who won with 57 points while Michigan State was second with 75 points.
“It feels great. We have been looking forward to the postseason all throughout the summer and season. To finally be at this point where we are in the championship season, it’s nice to really be competing at this level,” Monson said.
A native of Amery, Wisconsin, Monson stayed at the front of the pack throughout the race, before breaking away from the lead pack with Aubrey Roberts of Northwestern with less than 2K to go.
After letting Roberts lead for a couple of minutes, Monson passed Roberts and accelerated to the finish, beating the Wildcat by almost 10 seconds.
Monson became Wisconsin’s first individual conference champion since Bethany Brewster in 2001 and captured UW’s 11th individual title.
Amy Davis was the next Badger to cross the finish line, taking 13th place with a time of 20:31.5. For her efforts, Davis earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Two other Wisconsin runners finished in the top-30 in the conference championship. True freshman Lucinda Crouch took 21st with an impressive 20:43.8 finish.
Crouch finished just ahead of Shaelyn Sorensen, who took 22nd with a finish of 20:44.2.
Alissa Niggemann, the sophomore out of Amherst, Wisconsin, rounded out the Badger scorers. She took 33rd at the meet with 20:59.3 as her final time.
Rachel Werking, Kristen Garcia, and Emma Langer also saw action for Wisconsin. Werking took a 73rd place finish with her time being 22:10.2 seconds.