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Big Green Men Finish 21st at Wisconsin's adidas Invitational

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By Tim O'Dowd
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MADISON, Wis. – Senior John Bleday was the top Dartmouth men's cross country runner at Saturday’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 73rd in 24:11 against some of the top harriers in the nation.

The annual Wisconsin meet brings together a large collection of the best teams from across the country. The Big Green men claimed 21st in the standings with 539 points, finishing directly ahead of Florida, NC State, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan State, Georgetown, UCLA, Louisville, Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Northern Arizona was the team winner with 121 points, while Arkansas’ Kemoy Campell was the individual champion, crossing the line on the 8K Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in 23:12.

After Bleday, junior Silas Talbot was the next Dartmouth runner to earn points, crossing the line 93rd overall in 24:20.

Seniors Henry Sterling and Steve Mangan followed soon thereafter in 102nd and 126th places, respectively, posting times of 24:23 and 24:31. Senior Will Geoghegan was the fifth Big Green runner to secure points, finishing 145th overall in 24:36.

Sophomore Curtis King (177th, 24:50) and junior Dylan O'Sullivan (200th, 25:02) were the two Dartmouth harriers to run and finish outside the scoring.

A one-week hiatus from competition is ahead for the Green and White before they return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the 2013 Heptagonal Championship hosted by Princeton.