Badger Sports Roundup, Jan. 7

Soccer, track athletes recognized

Three Badgers net post-season honors

Junior Amy Vermeulen, sophomore Kara Kabellis and freshman Lynn Murray all earned post-season recognition from Soccer Buzz magazine. The three women's soccer players were all named to various All-Great Lakes teams.

Vermeulen, a midfielder/forward, earned first-team honors after collecting a team-high 35 points on 12 goals and 11 assists. She also made the first-team All-Big Ten roster and was a Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week selection.

Kabellis, who had a team-high 27 shots on goal, was a second-team selection at midfielder. Murray, a netminder, made the all-freshman team after finishing with a 14-6-1 record and a 1.07 goals-against average.

"The awards are certainly a great honor for them," assistant coach Kristie Braunston said. "It shows the hard work they have put in, and I'm happy they received the recognition."

Badger track athletes among best in nation

Wisconsin, according to lists released by Track & Field News, has some of the top athletes in the country in track and field. The publication released a list of the top athletes of 2004 based on personal best times.

Wisconsin's distance runners in particular fared well in this list. The quartet of Josh Spiker, Jvontai Hanserd, Joe Detmer and Chris Solinsky ranked No. 7 in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:33.02. Senior distance runner Matt Tegenkamp made the list twice. He was the highest-ranked Badger individual on the United States list at No. 8 in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:30.90; he was also ranked No. 15 in the 3,000 meters, with a best time of 7:55.14.

Simon Bairu, the defending cross country national champion, found himself high on the list of Canadian athletes. He ranked second in the 10,000 meters in 28:28.69, and was No. 6 in the 5,000 meters in 13:45.50.

Ashraf Fadel, who completed his eligibility last spring, was ranked 21st in the decathlon with 7,624 points.

Other top performances

  • 3,200-meter relay team—No. 16, 7:28.21.

  • 4-mile relay team—No. 16, 16:44.30.

  • 400-meter relay team—No. 29 (tie), 39.81.

  • Rick Bellford: triple jump—No. 38, 52-0 ½.

  • Chris Solinsky: mile—No. 27, 4:01.44.

  • Chris Solinsky: 5,000 meters—No. 35, 13:42.44.

  • Josh Spiker: 1,500 meters—No. 25, 3:40.26.

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