Wisconsin men fail to qualify for NCAA championship

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For the first time since 1971, the Wisconsin men’s cross country team didn’t qualify for the NCAA championship. Friday at Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, the Badgers finished 6th in the field of 30 teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, failing to qualify for the national meet. 

Sophomore Morgan McDonald led the way for Wisconsin. McDonald finished ninth, while the team collected 203 points. The number fell well short of meet champion Michigan, who accounted for just 67 points. Michigan State finished second with 88 points. 

The top two teams at each of the nine regional sites automatically qualify for the NCAA championship. 

The field of the national meet will be announced Saturday at 2 p.m.