Badger Sports Roundup, July 6

Hubbard, Omole qualify for World Juniors; Jeter promoted; Boeser receives qualifying offer

Badger track athletes go global

Paul Hubbard, also a wide receiver on the football team, and Demi Omole, will compete halfway around the world next week. The Badger track and field athletes will show off their talents in the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, July 13-18.

Hubbard won the triple jump at the USA Junior Championships, held June 25-27 in College Station, Texas, with a jump of 51 feet, 5 ¾ inches and qualified for the World Juniors. At the USA meet, Hubbard finished second in the long jump but did not earn a world qualifying mark. In Italy, Hubbard will compete July 16 and July 18, if he advances to the finals.

Omole, who will be a sophomore in the fall, will race in the 100-meter dash in Italy. He won the event at the USA Juniors in 10.14 seconds, a time aided by the wind. He will begin competition July 13, with the finals July 14.

—Katie Linder

Jeter promoted

Wisconsin assistant men's basketball coach Rob Jeter has been promoted to associate head coach effective July 1.

"You do what's good for people and he's been very loyal and just done his homework," Badger head coach Bo Ryan said in a statement July 2. "He does a great job of networking and in the drills. Whatever is asked, he does it well."

Jeter has been by Ryan's side for many years. Prior to taking a coaching position under Ryan at UW three years ago, Jeter played for Ryan at UW-Platteville from 1988-91, coached under Ryan as an assistant with the Pioneers for four years and served as an assistant on Ryan's staff at UW-Milwaukee.

"I'm humbled Coach Ryan would give me that title. I feel blessed," Jeter said. "Now if Coach gets two technicals, I'm the guy who's going to have to stand up for him."

Former Badger receives offer from minor league squad

Dan Boeser, who wrapped up his four-year career at Wisconsin this spring, was given a qualifying offer by the Peoria Rivermen last week, virtually assuring his return to the East Coast Hockey League team.

Boeser played in one game with the Rivermen last season after being signed in early April, following the conclusion of the Badgers' season. Boeser tallied eight goals and 14 assists in his final campaign with Wisconsin. He had 17 goals and 62 assists in his career.

The qualifying offer allows the Rivermen to retain Boeser's rights for one playing season.

—Jonathan Linder


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