The men's track team hosted the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, which brought in teams from Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Badger athletes earned three top-place finishes in the day-long competition.
Wisconsin dominated in the mile, as four runners finished within six seconds of each other for the top finishes. Freshman Chris Solinski won the race in 4:02.76, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and junior Matt Tegenkamp followed close behind him. Sophomores Bobby Lockhart and Simon Bairu, who ran in the other heat, took third and fourth place overall, respectively.
"The mile was great," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "For those guys to run what they did – we had four guys under 4:08 with very little work done to get them ready to do that – they just did it on talent and the excitement of having to run the race."
Wisconsin got impressive performances from several freshmen, including two football players. Paul Hubbard finished second in the triple jump at 50-8 ¼ and third in the long jump at 24-1 ½ and Joe Thomas took third in the shot put at 55-7 ¾.
Wisconsin's other top finishes came from sophomore Joe Detmer, who won the 600 meters in 1:18.49 and junior Josh Spiker, who took first in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:14.98.
Women take four events in invite
The women's track team won four events in the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, competing against Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
Senior Hilary Edmondson earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the mile, finishing first in 4:42.47. Freshman Shuntia Lucas also earned a top finish in the 200-meter dash, which she finished in 24.88, while taking second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.72.
Wisconsin swept the competition in the 3,000 meters, taking the top six places. Senior Michelle Lilienthal clocked in first in 9:56.41 with senior Maggie Guiney finishing behind her in 10:08.65. Redshirt freshman ‘A Havahla Haynes, sophomore Heidi Lane, senior Leslie Patterson and freshman Sarah Konkel finished third through sixth, respectively.
Sophomore Erica Schoeller competed in three events, tying or earning new personal bests in each. She had personal bests in the 60-meter dash (8.00) and the long jump (18-5 ¼) and tied her fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 9.09.
Also recording a personal best was senior Angie Kolanko, who won the high jump with a leap of 5-8 ½.