Bairu qualifies for NCAAs at Stanford invite
Sophomore Simon Bairu finished second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 28:28.69, the second-fastest time in Wisconsin history and an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He and the rest of Wisconsin's distance runners competed at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday in Stanford, Calif. Bairu only finished behind Arizona sophomore Robert Cheseret (28:25.62).
Junior Tim Keller and freshman Tim Nelson also competed in the race, finishing 10th and 13th, respectively, and posting NCAA provisional qualifying times. Senior Joe Eckerly finished 23rd but his time of 30:15.98 did not meet NCAA standards.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Drew Hohensee finished 28th with a time of 9:16.03 and sophomore Ben Gregory took 33rd in the 800 meters in 1:53.62.
Hoosier tennis aggravates Badgers
Freshman Caitlin Burke made her college debut as the women's tennis team (7-8 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 32 Indiana 5-2 Saturday in Madison. Burke, who suffered a wrist injury, paired up with senior Teresa Gonzaga in doubles and played in the No. 6 spot in singles. Gonzaga and Burke combined to earn the only Wisconsin win in the doubles competition, as they defeated Indiana senior Martina Grimm and freshman Laura McGaffigan 8-4. Wisconsin's other doubles teams each lost to Indiana 8-4.
With the win, the Hoosiers advance to 9-5 and 1-0 in the conference.
Burke also picked up one of Wisconsin's two wins in singles play. She defeated Grimm 6-2 and 6-2, while Badger senior Shana McElroy defeated senior Linda Tran 6-2 and 6-3.
For Wisconsin, No. 58 junior Katie McGaffigan fell to No. 39 junior Dora Vastag 2-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-1.
Indiana tennis crushes Badgers
Like the women's tennis team, the men's tennis team lost to Indiana 5-2 Saturday. The men's team, however, suffered the loss to the No. 72 Hoosiers on the road.
Wisconsin (5-7 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) won the doubles point with wins from the No. 33 pair of David Hippee and junior Alex Kasarov and from sophomores Ward Bortz and Jordan Raemisch.
Although the Badgers grabbed the doubles point against Indiana (7-7, 1-1), only senior Scott Green won a singles match, defeating junior Ryan Recht 6-4 and 6-4. No. 73 junior Jakub Praibis defeated Kasarov 7-6 (3) and 6-2 at the top spot. Sophomores Alex Conti and Mark Weinig both took their opponents to three sets but lost in the end.
Wisconsin will return to Madison to play Louisville (13-7) Wednesday, March 31.
Volleyball challenged at Chicago tourney
The volleyball team went 3-2 at the Chicago Spring Challenge Saturday in Palos Hills, Ill., ending its spring season.
The Badgers opened by defeating St. Louis 2-0 but could not get past Butler in the next match and lost 2-1. The Badgers topped Bradley and Western Michigan 2-0 but lost to Tennessee 2-1 in their final match of the day.