Women's track wins 15 events at Loras Open
Led by three double-event winners, the University of Wisconsin women's track and field team won 15 events at the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa, Saturday.
Sophomore Lisa Oikarinen won the 100 meters in 12.40 seconds and also claimed the 200 in 25.36. Freshman Venus Washington was third in the 100 in 12.67 and fourth in the 200 in 26.19.
Senior captain Greta Bauer won the 100 hurdles in a season's best of 14.90 and also won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.10.
Sophomore Jamae Gjermo won the shot put in an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 47-1 ¾. Her throw was a personal best and moves her into fourth on the UW all-time list. Gjermo also won the discus with a personal best of 151-2, which also ranks fourth on the UW list.
The Badgers claimed all of the field events with the exception of the pole vault and hammer throw. Sophomore Melissa Talbot tied for first in the high jump at 5-3 ¾. Junior Christina Taylor won the long jump at 18-10 ¾ and senior Yael Peled won the triple jump at 35-10 ¾.
Former Badger Tara Clack won the pole vault at 12-4 while sophomore Lauren Lasseter took second at 11-3 ¾.
Other event winners were Tara Halls in the 400 (57.49), Heidi Lane in the 1,500 (4:48.50), Megan Thomas in the 10,000 (37:04.71) and the 400 relay in 46.78.
Men's track thrives in Iowa
The Wisconsin men's track team won eight events and posted five NCAA Regional qualifying marks in competition at the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday.
Freshman sprinter Demi Omole was the sole event winner at the Drakes, posting a personal best 10.29 seconds in the 100 meters. The time improved his regional qualifying mark and moved him within four-hundredths of a second of provisionally qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Sophomore Joe Detmer finished fifth in the 400 hurdles, earning a regional mark of 52.31.
At the Loras Open, the Badgers won seven events. Freshman Paul Hubbard starred, winning the long jump in a personal best and regional qualifying mark 24-5 ¾ and winning the 100 in 10.66. He also finished third in the triple jump at 46-5.
Sophomore Rick Bellford won the triple jump (50-2) and was second in the long jump with a regional qualifying 24-1.
Freshman Joe Thomas improved his regional qualifying mark in the shot put with a personal best 58 5 ¾, which is the fourth longest throw in school history. Thomas was also second in the discus at 163-0.
Other event winners were senior Jon Mungen in the 110 high hurdles (14.45), senior Ryan Tremelling in the pole vault (15-2 ¼) and the 400 relay in 41.36.