Men's track top in the nation
The men's track and field team is the best in the country, according to the United States Track Coaches Association Team Power Rankings.
Wisconsin earned 382.52 points in 21 events. The rankings are based on the quality of the athletic performance, team depth and dual meet scoring potential. No. 9 Minnesota is the only other Big Ten school to crack the top 10, with 360.48 points.
"I'm very pleased with the mid-season ranking but I realize that in order for us to stay in the elite category, we'll have to improve in a lot of our performances," head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "Of course, the most important ranking is the one that comes out at the end of the season and that's what we'll be working towards. We're certainly hoping to be a top-10 finisher."
Ryan receives NABC award
Bo Ryan has been rewarded for his dedication to the community and his activism. He received the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Guardians of the Game Award for Service at the NABC's convention in San Antonio, Texas.
The NABC gives out four awards each year, for service, advocacy, leadership and education. Ryan received the service award based on his participation in several charities and programs. Among others, he is active in The Salvation Army, Buckets for Hunger, the Boys and Girls Club of Madison, the UW Children's Hospital and the Veterans Hospital.
"I'm honored to be the recipient of an award that represents giving back to the people in our communities," Ryan said. "At an early age, I saw how many people benefited from the work my parents and others did in our hometown. They never expected anything in return but always enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of those they helped through their kind gestures. That has always been an inspiration to me."
The program's goal is to attract attention to the coaches' roles in student-athletes' lives, the positive aspects of the game and the contributions coaches make to their communities.
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton received the award for leadership, SUNY-Cobleskill's Kevin McCarthy earned the education award and Mid Prairie High School coach Don Showalter received the advocacy award.
Coaches from high school, junior college and Division I, II or III schools are nominated by fellow NABC members. A selection committee reviews the nominations based on several characteristics, including professionalism, achievements, leadership, and coaching contributions. One person is selected in each of the four categories.