Tradition, teamwork leading UWL cross country to nationals

UW-La Crosse cross country is getting pumped up for the national championships this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

They packed up the team bus Wednesday afternoon to start the nine-hour trip down with high hopes for both squads. The dominant tradition at UWL continues for both teams, with the women making their 35th nationals appearance and the men their 34th. Both teams won their WIAC championships this season and enter nationals ranked in the top 10, so confidence is definitely high.

“We’ve had momentum growing into a snowball effect, and hopefully that can roll right into doing well at nationals,” men’s runner Ethan Gregg said.

“Some people think of running like very individually, but at La Crosse, especially this year, our season for the men and women, just racing as a team, winning as a team has been a huge part of it,” said Emma Malooly.

The men race first Saturday at 10 a.m. The NCAA has live streaming available on its website.