Track teams enjoy weekend success

Men's distance runners record personal bests; men's and women's track win three events in Iowa

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Men's track runners record personal bests at Cardinal Invite

 

Three Wisconsin track athletes placed in the top five at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Friday and posted personal-best times in the process.

 

Junior Josh Spiker took fifth in the top heat of the 1,500-meter run, earning a personal best time of 3:40.36, which improves his NCAA Regional qualifying time. He currently holds the top time in the Big Ten and now has the fifth-fastest time in school history.

 

Junior Matt Tegenkamp won his heat of the 1,500 in a time of 3:41.45, also a personal best time.

 

Junior Dan Murray earned his top time of the season in the 800, finishing in 1:48.04, also the top time in the conference and an improvement on his regional qualifying time.

 

Men's and women's track win three apiece in Iowa

 

The men's and women's track teams competed at the Musco Iowa Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday and each brought home three first-place finishes.

 

The men competed with only a partial team, as some of their top distance runners participated in the Cardinal Invite Friday.

 

In the triple jump Saturday, freshman Paul Hubbard earned a top finish and an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 50-5 ¼. He and sophomore Levonne Rowan, senior Gustin Smith and junior Jvontai Hanserd teamed up to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 40.92.

 

Sophomore Joe Conway gave Wisconsin its third win of the meet in the long jump. His best jump of 23-8 gave him an NCAA Regional qualifying mark.

 

Senior Jon Mungen took second in the 110 high hurdles in 14.39, his fastest time this season.

 

The women's team also took home first place with its 400 relay team. Sophomore Melissa Talbot, freshman Shuntia Lucas, sophomore Erica Schoeller and freshman Venus Washington earned a season-best time of 46.18 in the event.

 

Individually, junior Leslie Patterson won the 5,000 in 17:28.15, with senior Michelle Lilienthal just behind her, taking second with a time of 17:33.90.

 

Sophomore Danielle Ohmen won the high jump with a leap of 5-8, which tied her season's best and NCAA Regional qualifying jump.

 

Lucas finished second in the 200 with a personal-best time of 24.11 and took third in the 100 with a time of 11.97.

 

Freshman ‘A Havahla Haynes earned an NCAA Regional qualifying time by finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:51.23, also a personal best.


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