Track teams close out 2004 NCAA season

Men's team ties for 10th, three more named All-American on final day of NCAA Outdoor Championship

The Wisconsin men's and women's track teams closed out the 2004 season on a positive note with competition in the final day of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas.

After three days at the meet, the men's team scored 22 points and earned a 10th place tie for the second time this season. Earlier in the year, the men ran away with a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with the team effort," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said in a press release. "I thought we competed very well. We thought that if we had a great meet we could be top 10 and as it turned out, we were able to."

On the final day of competition, three athletes from the men's team contributed to the team's 22 total points and also earned All-American honors.

Junior Matt Tegenkamp was the first to contribute on Saturday with his third place finish in the 5,000 meters. After suffering through a sore Achilies tendon during the later portion of the season, Tegenkamp's time of 14:11.45 tied his highest NCAA finish.

Senior decathlete Ashraf Fadel was another that earned All-American honors on Saturday. During his final meet as a Badger, Fadel finished sixth and recorded a personal best 7,624 points. Besides a career high in points scored, he also had personal bests with his time of 14.90 seconds in the decathlon 110-meter high hurdles and distance of 143-3 in the discus.

"With Matt being injured for several weeks and struggling back into condition, that was a great effort for him," Nuttycombe said. "I'm also very pleased for Ashraf being an All-American on his last shot at it. That was just a super effort for him. Any time you can put up your best mark in the biggest meet of your life, then you did a good job."

The final men's runner to receive All-American honors on Saturday was junior Josh Spiker. He recorded a 3:46.26 in the 1,500 meters and came away with a sixth place finish.

Two more men's team members competed in the final day but were unable to score any points. Sophomore Joe Detmer also participated in the decathlon and scored 7,290 points for a 14th place finish. On the second day of the decathlon, he won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:12.40 and also ran a career best of 15.35 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles. Freshman Chris Solinsky also competed in the 5,000 meters but was unable to finish the race due to the heat.

The women's team also finished the weekend on a positive note. Though there were only two athletes representing the team, junior Hilary Edmondson was able to get the Badgers on the scoreboard. Her time of 4:16.64 in the 1,500 meters gave her a sixth place finish and four points for the Wisconsin women's team tie for 48th place finish.

While the NCAA Outdoor Championships marks the end of the NCAA season, a few Badgers will have one more chance later in the summer to represent the USA at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Trials will be held July 9-11 in Sacramento, Calif.

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