MADISON, Wi. Running in his final race before his home fans, Wisconsin senior Morgan McDonald earned the NCAA Individual Cross Country Championship on Saturday, winning the title after covering the 10K Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in 29:08.3. McDonald is the 11th Big Ten men’s cross country runner to take home the NCAA individual championship and the first since another Badger, Simon Bairu, claimed his second consecutive national title in 2005.
Wisconsin was the Big Ten’s top team finisher in the men’s race, placing eighth for the Badgers’ 26th NCAA top-10 finish in the past 28 seasons. Indiana finished 18th at this year’s NCAA meet, followed by Michigan in 19th and Purdue in 29th.
The top 40 finishers also earn All-America honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Along with McDonald, Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare (17th place) and Michigan’s John Aho (35th place) are the Big Ten’s men’s All-Americans this year.
On the women’s side, Michigan was the Big Ten’s top team finisher, placing fourth to secure its fourth consecutive NCAA top-10 finish and fourth top-five showing in the past seven years. Wisconsin finished 10th (the third time in five seasons the Badgers have placed 10th), followed by Michigan State in 11th, Indiana in 17th, Penn State in 20th and Minnesota in 29th.
Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson was the conference’s top individual finisher, winding up fourth. Other Big Ten women’s runners to earn All-America honors on Saturday included Northwestern’s Aubrey Roberts (18th place), Michigan State’s Annie Fuller (21st place), Michigan’s Camille Davre (29th place), Indiana’s Margaret Allen (36th place) and Michigan’s Avery Evenson (38th place).