Badger Sports Roundup

Men's track earns NCAA marks; women's tennis wins at invite

The Wisconsin men's track and field team, competing in meets at Notre Dame and at the Panther Classic in Iowa Saturday, earned two NCAA automatic qualifying times and four provisional marks.

At the Meyo Invitational on the Notre Dame campus, senior Matt Tegenkamp set a new school record in the 3,000 meters, racing to a new best time of 7 minutes, 51.75 seconds. Finishing in third place, he broke his own record of 7:55.14. Sophomore Chris Solinsky earned UW's other automatic qualifying time, finishing fourth in 7:53.14 in the same race. Junior Simon Bairu earned a provisional qualifying time of 8:04.95 in the 3,000 meters, while finishing 10th.

Senior Josh Spiker competed in the mile, finishing sixth in 4:01.93, an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Senior Dan Murray placed third in the 800 in 1:49.83, picking up an NCAA qualifying time.

At the Panther Classic, a meet hosted by Northern Iowa that drew teams from around the Midwest, sophomore Joe Thomas earned the Badgers' fourth NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a winning distance of 59 feet, 5 ½ inches in the shot put.

Women compete at Notre Dame invite

Sophomore Katrina Rundhaug earned a provisional qualifying mark as the Wisconsin women's track team competed at the Meyo Invitational on the Notre Dame campus Saturday.

The distance runner placed 11th in the 3,000 in a time of 9:33.32, a personal best for her.

Sophomore Shuntia Lucas finished fifth in the 200 in 24.44 seconds, a hair off the UW record of 24.42. She also placed fourth in the 300 in 39.78 and 15th in the 60 in 7.75.

Sophomore Michelle Bellford finished third in the triple jump with a personal-best 40 feet, 4 ¼ inches, which is now fifth on the school's all-time list.

Badgers grab first win at indoor championships

The No. 48 Wisconsin women's tennis team picked up its first win Saturday at the USTA/ITA Women's National Indoor Team Championships at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The Badgers defeated No. 24 New Mexico 4-3 in the second consolation round.

New Mexico won the doubles point and its first two singles matches but the Badgers won three straight singles matches. With the teams at tied at 3-3, No. 99 sophomore Caitlin Burke gave Wisconsin the deciding win with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset over No. 66 sophomore Iva Gersic.

"It feels great to win," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "It feels great to show everyone and for the girls on the team to show themselves that we can do this."

Senior Lindsay Martin earned Wisconsin's first point with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over senior Michelle Heidbrink. Sophomore Kaylan Caiati and freshman Chelsea Nusslock also defeated their opponents.

Wisconsin will next face No. 5 Northwestern at home Feb. 12 at noon.

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