MADISON, Wis. — The 11th-ranked Wisconsin men’s cross country team hosts the Nuttycombe Wisconsin invitational this Friday at the Zimmer Championship Course in Verona. Meet Information | Watch on RunnerSpace ($) | Live Results  |  Course Maps

The men’s B race starts at 11:40 a.m. while the men’s championship race starts at 1 p.m. The action begins at 11 a.m. with the women’s B race while the women’s championship race goes off at 12:20 p.m.

Here are five things to know before Friday’s event.

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1. THE NUTTY IS BACK!: This is the first time Wisconsin has hosted the prestigious Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational since the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time the Badgers hosted the Nuttycombe was in 2019. Friday’s race marks the 11th Nuttycombe invitational that UW has hosted on the Zimmer Championship course.

2. A PERFECT SEASON … SO FAR: The Badgers are undefeated this season after earning their second perfect score at the Live in Lou Classic on Oct. 2. Wisconsin’s top-five runners finished the race within 20 seconds of each other with graduate student Olin Hacker leading the way with his second-place finish in 23 minutes, 18.1 seconds.

3. THE NUTTY FIELD: Twenty-nine men’s teams hit the starting line this week. Of these schools, 18 of are ranked, including five in the top 10 — No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Furman. The field also features six Big Ten teams.

4. VETERANS WILL LEAD THE WAY:  Seven of the total 14 registered Badgers will compete in the championship race while the remaining athletes running in the B race. UW also has nine unattached athletes scheduled to compete. Olin HackerSeth Hirsch, and Jackson Sharp will lead Wisconsin due to their previous experience racing in the Nuttycombe. Returning from last season’s Big Ten Championship team, Rowen EllenbergCharlie WheelerBob Liking and Evan Bishop look to make an impact as they race at the Nuttycombe for the first time.

5. HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION: The race will be streamed live on RunnerSpace while live results will be on PTTiming. Fans can follow the action on Twitter and Instagram @BadgertrackXC. A recap of the race can be found on UWBadgers.com following the event.

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