Wisconsin Cross Country
Wisconsin won the school's and the Big Ten's first-ever national title when the Badgers defeated top-ranked Stanford by 26 points to claim the 1984 NCAA Cross Country Championship. UW was led by Cathy Branta, who took home the individual crown in a record time of 16:15.6 on the 5,000-meter course and a seven-second advantage over second-place finisher Shelly Steeley of Florida.
The Badgers defeated the Cardinal, 63-89, in State College, Pa., with the strong finish of Branta and Katie Ishmael, who finished in sixth place. Other UW finishers included Kelly McKillen (17th), Birgit Christiansen (28th), Stephanie Herbst (45th), Stephanie Bassett (58th) and Holly Herring (67th). With their finishes, Branta, Ishmael and McKillen were honored as All-Americans.
Branta, who overcame an iron deficiency problem earlier in the fall, completed her career as the Badgers' second three-time Big Ten champion and helped lead Wisconsin to its seventh-straight individual conference title.
THEY SAID IT
Badger senior and NCAA champion Cathy Branta