Badger Sports Roundup, March 9

Nine track athletes qualify for NCAA Indoor Championships; rankings roundup

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Nine track athletes to compete at NCAAs


Wisconsin will send eight members of its men's track and field team and one women's runner to the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.


Senior Hilary Edmondson was the only athlete to qualify from the No. 23 women's team and her personal best time of 4:36.12 in the mile gives her the second seed in the race.


The No. 18 men's team will have participants in five events. The team of junior Josh Spiker, junior Jvontai Hanserd, sophomore Joe Detmer and freshman Chris Solinsky will compete in the distance medley, currently ranked sixth with a time of 9:33.02.


Junior Matt Tegenkamp will run in both the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters, where he is ranked seventh and ninth, respectively. Sophomore Simon Bairu will join Tegenkamp in both races and Solinsky will run in the 3,000 meters.


Senior Ashraf Fadel will compete in the heptathlon as the No. 9 seed after setting a school record with 5,549 points, and sophomore Alonzo Moore will compete in the triple jump, where he is the No. 14 seed.



In the polls…


Here are the polls as the men's basketball team and men's and women's hockey teams head into postseason tournaments.


The men's basketball team (21-6 overall) moves up from No. 14 to No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 poll, thanks to road wins over Michigan State and Indiana. The Badgers are also at No. 10 in the Associated Press, moving up seven spots from last week.


Illinois is the only other Big Ten team in the polls, at No. 13 in the Coaches poll and No. 12 in the AP poll.


Heading into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's tournament, the men's hockey team (20-10-8) is at No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Top 15 poll, at No. 6 in the U.S. College Hockey Online and in a tie for eighth in the PairWise rankings.


The women's hockey team (24-5-3) is at No. 5 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Top 10 poll, moving down a spot from last week despite sweeping Bemidji State over the weekend. The Badgers are also at No. 5 in the poll and the PairWise rankings.

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