Bairu runs his way into UW Hall

{ }Simon Bairu won back-to-back NCAA cross country titles in 2004 & '05.

Madison - One of the best runners in Wisconsin history raced his way into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. Simon Bairu won back-to-back cross country national titles in 2004 and '05. He was one of 11 back-to-back champs since 1938.

Bairu was the cornerstone of the Badgers team that won the 2005 NCAA Championship.

He currently lives in Oregon and recruits runners for Nike, but he's never that far from Wisconsin- Bairu still has the"608" area code for his cell phone.

The UW Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony is September 7th.