Monday, November 3, 2008

Big Weekend for Stevens Point Cross Country and the Wisconsin Badgers

Stevens Point Area High School (SPASH), under leadership of my former U of Wisconsin- Stevens Point teammate Donn Behnke, has arguably one of the top high cross country programs in the nation. This weekend SPASH claimed their 9th state cross country championship since 1980. I spoke to Donn about a year ago when I was back for a visit- he has close to 100 boys out for cross country. Donn teaches in junior high school so has to opportunity to motivate kids at an early age. In the gym at SPASH hangs larger than life photos of SPASH graduates Suzy Favor Hamilton and Chris Solinsky. results

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men won the WIAC cross country meet over arch rivals UW- Oshkosh and LaCrosse on their home course. results

The U of Wisconsin Badger men won their 10th consecutive Big Ten cross country title, and the women placed 2nd, narrowly losing to the 4th ranked Minnesota Gophers. Incidently, Minnesota's top runner, Megan Duwell, is the daughter of another UW Stevens Point teammate of mine, John Duwell, who is married to Donn Behnke's sister Lynn. results. Megan got 4th.

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