Wisconsin track enjoys success at Mt. SAC Relays

Men's team qualifies three athletes and a relay for NCAA Regionals

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Select athletes from the Wisconsin men's and women's track teams received the opportunity to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend.


Neither team was able to run away with a victory in any event but many Badgers still enjoyed successful weekends.


During Saturday's session, junior Matt Tegenkamp's time of 13:30.90 in the 5,000 meters was good enough to shatter the previous Wisconsin record by more than six seconds. Tegenkamp finished 10th overall in the race but was the third collegian to cross the finish line.


Wisconsin also had another runner earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 10,000 meters. Sophomore Bobby Lockhart's time of 29:11.61 made him the fourth Badger to qualify in the event. Sophomore Simon Bairu, junior Tim Keller and freshman Tim Nelson all previously qualified during the Stanford Invite.


During the field events, three throwers came out in the top 15 in the discus. Freshman Joe Thomas came in 10th and threw a personal best of 160-7. Redshirt freshman Mike Sracic was 13th at 155-2 while sophomore Brandon Houle's 152-1 put him at fifteenth.    


The women also had a strong showing and placed a few within the top three in field events on Saturday.

During the long jump, sophomore Melissa Talbot finished second in the university/open long jump at 19-4 while junior Christina Taylor was right behind Talbot at 19-2 ¾. Sophomore Erica Schoeller jumped 18-10 ½ for fifth.

In the high jump, senior Angie Kolanko and sophomore Danielle Ohmen tied for third at 5-6.

Sunday's competition also proved successful as Wisconsin qualified for the NCAA Regionals in four events.


One of those qualifying marks came from junior Dan Murray's time of 1:49.03 in the 800 meters. Another came from the 1,600-meter relay, which finished fifth with a time of 3:10.71.


Freshman sprinter Demi Omole also continued to make history for the men's track team. He had already qualified in the 100 meters but improved his time and grabbed another qualifying time in the 200 meters. In the 100 meters, Omole's 10.35 was the top collegiate time in the event and moved him to fifth on Wisconsin's all-time list. His 21.01 in the 200 is eighth in Wisconsin history.


The team also had a positive showing in the 1,500. During the event, junior Josh Spiker's 3:41.99 and freshman Chris Solinsky's 3:42.13 times were good enough personal bests and for sixth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively. Two more runners in the event also ran personal bests. Bairu came in 36th with his 3:48.56 while Keller finished 53rd with his 3:50.43 time.


The men and women will head to Iowa this Thursday, Friday and Saturday to compete in the Drake Relays. The women's team will also send some of its squad to the Penn Relays on the same days.

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