Badger Sports Roundup, July 23

UW hires new compliance office head; Hamilton saga gets more intriguing

UW hires new compliance office head

Steve Waterfield, an assistant compliance director at Ohio State, has been selected to the position of assistant athletic director for compliance at Wisconsin, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said.

"Steve's experience and strategic vision make him an outstanding fit for our department," Alvarez said. "His approach toward achieving goals and his ability to maximize resources will elevate our program to a new level of excellence."

Waterfield received an MBA from Ohio State in June, the same place from which he earned a master's degree in sports management in 1999 and a JD in 1997. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Kenyon College in 1994.

At Ohio State, he helped apply and analyze NCAA, Big Ten and Ohio State rules in order to ensure that Ohio State met all guidelines.

Hamilton gets a bit of luck but not on Olympic roster yet

Suzy Favor Hamilton, a Badger distance runner from 1986-90, is not yet on the U.S. Olympic Team but she is a bit closer to earning a coveted roster spot. Marla Runyan, who competed with Hamilton in the 1,500 meters and could not finish the final due to an injury, has decided to focus on the 5,000 meters, an event in which she placed second at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento.

This means that Hamilton is the only eligible U.S. runner in the 1,500 meters—and she might not get to go to Athens. In order to go to the Games, an athlete must earn an "A" standard mark or time in the 18 months prior to the Olympics and Hamilton is the only U.S. athlete to earn an "A" time of 4:05.80 or faster in the 1,500 to do so. She finished the 1,500 in 4:01.69 in Rome in 2003.

The top three runners in the 1,500 Olympic Trials final, Carrie Tollefson, Jen Toomey and Amy Rudolph, have yet to earn "B" standard times of 4:07:15.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which also reported Runyan's departure, there are a variety of situations that could either allow or prevent Hamilton from entering the Games.

If none of the top three finishers achieve a "B" time by Aug. 9, Hamilton is in as the only U.S. entrant. If one or two women earn the "A" standard time, Hamilton would be the third member of the team.

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