Badger Sports Roundup

Mark Johnson receives NCAA honor; men's track No. 7 in preseason rankings

Johnson earns NCAA anniversary award

Twenty-five years after he played hockey at the University of Wisconsin, Mark Johnson received a NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for his accomplishments in that time span.

Johnson, along with five other recipients, were honored at the NCAA Convention Honors Dinner Jan. 9. The award is presented annually to former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since they completed their collegiate careers.

As a Badger student-athlete, Johnson was a two-time All-American and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association rookie of the year in 1977. He averaged more than 2.00 points per game, the only Badger in history to do so.

Johnson also skated with the famous 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, earning 11 points on five goals and six assists. He then moved on to the NHL, where he enjoyed an 11-year career. Johnson currently leads the No. 4 ranked Wisconsin women's hockey program, which boasts a 15-4-1 overall record.

Off the rink, Johnson received the 2004 Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence and has served as a spokesman for organizations such as Athletes in Action, the Boy Scouts of America and the Children's Cancer Fund.

Temp elected to Packers' Board of Directors

Former Wisconsin football and baseball player Jim Temp was recently elected as a director emeritus of Green Bay Packers, Inc. Temp has been on the board since 1987 and has served on a seven-man executive committee for the past 11.

While at Wisconsin, Temp earned three football letters and four baseball letters, earning All-Big Ten honors in the former. After a two-year tour of duty in the Army, Temp spent four years playing with the Packers, from 1957-1960.

Men's track ranked No. 7 in opening poll

The Wisconsin men's track and field program is rated No. 7 in the nation, according to Trackwire, which released its preseason Top 25 rankings Wednesday. The Trackwire ranking predicts where a team will finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Badgers were tied with Tennessee and LSU with 26 points while Arkansas was picked to win the national title with 67 points.

The Badgers finished tied for 10th with 19 points at the 2004 national indoor championships.

Trackwire also chooses a Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of a group of 12 athletes and relay teams from each event. Senior Josh Spiker was rated No. 4 in the 1,500 meters, the highest rank of any Badger, while senior Matt Tegenkamp was ranked No. 5 in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

Tri-captains named for women's track

Courtney Bauer, Christina Taylor and Linsey Blaisdell have all been named tri-captains of the women's track and field program.

"They each have an exceptional work ethic, are great leaders, and are looked up to and respected by our entire team," said women's track coach Jim Stintzi, who announced the captains Tuesday. "Good captains help bring the different event areas together for a common goal and these three are good captains. I also expect them to encourage their teammates as well as hold them accountable."

Bauer currently holds the school record in the hammer and ranks fourth all-time in outdoor shot put. Taylor, a 2003 transfer from Lewis University, finished fourth last year in the long jump at the Big Ten indoor meet and won it at the Badger Track Classic and Loras Open. Blaisdell, who also competes with the cross country team, finished seven in the 1,500 meters at the Big Ten outdoors last year.

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