The men's track team blew by all competition at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., en route to winning its fourth consecutive conference title. The Badgers won four events Sunday and accumulated 174.5 points in the two-day competition. Second-place Minnesota had 122 points, giving the Badgers a 52-point cushion.
"What can you say, that was just an unbelievable team effort from top to bottom," said UW coach Ed Nuttycombe. "I don't think I could imagine scoring 174 points. We pretty much dominated from start to finish. We got off to a quick start and kept coming."
Senior Ashraf Fadel came up big for Wisconsin, winning the heptathlon with 5,549 points, which is not only a school record but an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Senior Ryan Tremelling finished third in the heptathlon with 5,362 points, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He finished first in the heptathlon pole vault with a height of 16-0 ¾ and second in the heptathlon 1,000 meters in 2:44.87, behind sophomore Ben Roland, who had a personal best time of 2:44.60 in the event.
Junior Matt Tegenkamp set a meet record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:57.68, with teammate sophomore Simon Bairu placing second in 13:59.48. Junior Tim Keller and freshman Tim Nelson finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Sophomore Joe Detmer won the 600 meters in 1:17.55, which is the second fastest time in school history. Classmate Alonzo Moore won the triple jump after being in third place before taking his final jump of 51-8 ¼. Sophomore Rick Bellford finished right behind him with a jump of 51-0 ¼ and freshman Paul Hubbard, also a wide receiver with the football team, took fourth at 49-11 ¼.
Wisconsin had three runners placed in the mile – freshman Chris Solinsky (third, 4:08.07), junior Josh Spiker (fourth, 4:08.11) and sophomore Ben Gregory (seventh, 4:11.91).
Freshman Demi Omole finished second in the 60-meter dash with a season's best 6.78, the sixth fastest time in UW history.
Women's track takes seventh
The women's track team finished in seventh place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, after sitting in second place Saturday. Penn State led all competitors with 115 points while the Badgers had only 63.13 points.
Senior Hilary Edmondson picked up two wins and set two track records. She won the mile in 4:45.05, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time, as well as the 3,000-meter run in 9:31.75.
Sophomore Tara Halls gave Wisconsin another top-five finish in the 600-meter run, finishing in 1:32.27.