Sophomore Chris Solinsky put forth a strong performance in the mile, winning in four minutes, 5.19 seconds and earning himself a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. True freshman Matt Withrow won the 3,000 meters in 8:06.25, earning a NCAA provisional qualifying mark, but because he is redshirting, the mark does not count. Freshman Stuart Eagon, who will also redshirt, placed second in 8:14.87. Senior Dan Murray also won the 800 meters in 1:53.71.
Junior Chad Melotte won the 400 meters in 49.18 seconds and teamed up with junior Joe Detmer, senior Jvontai Hanserd and sophomore Dan Goesch to win the 1,600-meter relay in 3:17.27. Detmer also won the 600 meters in 1:20.26 and Hanserd won the 200 meters in 21.53, an indoor personal best for him.
Junior transfer Brian Calhoun made his debut, finishing second in the 60-meter dash in 6.97.
Sophomore Brent Boettcher won the high jump at 6 feet, 9 ¾ inches, while junior Wes Ulfig won the pole vault at 14-7 ¼. Junior Rick Bellford won the triple jump with a leap of 50-6 ¼.
"We definitely made some improvements and got some things done," UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "We got a long way to go, but there were some steps and strides made."
The Badgers will have a chance to build on these improvements at the Illini Invitational in Champaign Jan. 29.
Women win three events
The Wisconsin women's track team won three events at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational meet in Madison Saturday. Teams from Illinois State, Indiana State and South Dakota State competed at the invitational, as did several unattached runners from other schools and other clubs.
Junior Melissa Talbot won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.86 seconds, only .02 seconds shy of her personal best. She also placed third in the long jump at 18 feet, one inch, and took third in the 200 meters in 25.67 seconds.
Senior Shannon Murto won the mile in 5:00.28 and sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes placed third in 5:02.31. Senior tri-captain Courtney Bauer won the shot put with a throw of 46-7 ¼. Junior Jamae Gjermo finished third at 44-9 ¾ and freshman Kayla Schultz threw a personal best of 44-2 ¾ to finish fourth.
Wisconsin will compete at the UNI Invitational at Northern Iowa University next Friday and Saturday.