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Nuttycombe Invitational Preview

Over the years the Wisconsin Invitational grew into the monster that it is today, only satiated when it devours numerous nationally-ranked teams.

RANKED TEAMS

#1 Northern Arizona
#2 Syracuse
#3 BYU
#7 Portland
#8 Iona
#11 Stanford
#14 Iowa State
#15 Eastern Kentucky
#16 Wisconsin
#17 Georgetown
#18 Boise State
#21 Colorado State
#22 Michigan State
#23 Washington
#24 Providence
#25 Penn
#26 Tulsa
#27 UCLA
#29 Illinois
RV Columbia
RV Minnesota
RV NC State
RV Princeton
RV Southern Utah
RV Washington State
 

What started off as a modest proposal to bring 8-10 teams per gender, at most, for each championship race turned into what cross country fans will see on Friday afternoon. Fans not in attendance at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course can follow along with the action on the National Results Wall on USTFCCCA.org.

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USATF Cross Country Meet Nov. 6th Parkside

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USATF Wisconsin Cross Country Meet Sunday, November 6th, Kenosha
On Saturday, November 6th, on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, the USATF Wisconsin Cross-Country Meet will be held. Entries are now being accepted, both online and mail-in.
Those interested in competing must be 2016 USATF members or 2017 members (beginning November 1st). Individual memberships can be purchased at http://www.usatf.org/Products—Services/Individual-Memberships.aspx.
 
Online entry for the Junior Olympics (ages 18 and under) is at http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=123030#/Meet. Online entry for the Open and Masters divisions is at http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=123039#/Results.

More information about the meet can be found in the informational flyer, at http://www.wisconsin.usatf.org/USATF_ASSOC_20/files/d9/d9e2d613-4dbe-4d75-86a9-cc0d29fcc2a7.pdf. Note that the age groups listed on the flyer are not correct. The age divisions for competition year 2016 are as follows:

Age Division Year of Birth
8 & Under 2008+*
9 – 10 2006-2007
11 – 12 2004-2005
13 – 14 2002-2003
15 – 16 2000-2001
17 – 18 1998-1999**

* Per USATF Rule 300.1 (c) “Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year to compete at the Youth Athletics or Junior Olympic National Championships.”

XC Course

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Do Ice Baths Really Fight Inflammation?

Sports science, circa 2005, was pretty confident that ice baths accelerate recovery by fighting the inflammation in muscles after a hard workout. The actual evidence that ice baths really hastened recovery was admittedly ambiguous, but the idea that cold fights inflammation seemed self-evident.


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Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression

Meditating before running could change the brain in ways that are more beneficial for mental health than practicing either of those activities alone, according to an interesting study of a new treatment program for people with depression.

As many people know from experience, depression is characterized in part by an inability to stop dwelling on gloomy thoughts and unhappy memories from the past. Researchers suspect that this thinking pattern, known as rumination, may involve two areas of the brain in particular: the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that helps to control attention and focus, and the hippocampus, which is critical for learning and memory. In some studies, people with severe depression have been found to have a smaller hippocampus than people who are not depressed.

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Badgering: Ed NuttyCombe Andy Baggot profiles the UW legend prior to the 2016 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational

Ed Nuttycombe is the winningest coach in Big Ten Conference history, regardless of sport, so he’s had his share of honors over the years. But the retired UW men’s track coach will be part of a unique moment Friday when the newly minted Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational cross country meet is run at the Zimmer Championship Course, located in Madison next to University Ridge Golf Course. Now in its eighth year, the event projects to be the toughest in the nation outside of the NCAA meet. According to the national polls, 19 of the top 30 men’s teams and 17 of the top 30 women’s programs will be on hand. Nuttycombe, a Hall of Famer who retired after 30 seasons in 2014, spoke while on vacation in Europe. He talked about Jesse Owens, his favorite keepsake, and who he’d draft No. 1 if he were starting a track team using all his athletes over the years.

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