Roundup: Engstrom on U.S. national team

Women's hockey player makes prelude to Olympic team; men's track team up to No. 6 in ranking

Senior Molly Engstrom, a defender with the Wisconsin women's hockey team, has been selected to join the U.S. Women's National Team, according to USA Hockey.

Engstrom and her teammates will represent the United States at the Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Linköping and Norrköping, Sweden. The tournament runs April 2-9 and includes teams from eight countries.

Engstrom, a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, is joined by three other top finalists and 11 U.S. Olympians, including two-time Olympian Cammi Granato.

"In selecting this team, we have brought an awful lot of international experience together," U.S. women's national team head coach Ben Smith said in a release. "We're optimistic about our chances, having come so close in the past, and we think this might be a combination that gets the job done the way we want."

This tournament is the last IIHF event for the U.S. women's team before the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Men's track No. 6 in Trackwire Ranking

The Wisconsin men's track and field team is No. 6 in the Trackwire 25 rankings, which were released Tuesday. Trackwire predicts each team's finish and score at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Host Arkansas was ranked No. 1 and picked to win the event with 70 points. Indiana was picked to finish second with 44 points and Michigan came in at No. 3 with 33 points.

In Trackwire's Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each event, Wisconsin sophomore Demi Omole was rated No. 3 in the 60-meter dash while senior distance runner Matt Tegenkamp was ranked No. 4 in the 3,000 meters and No. 7 in the 5,000 meters. Like the Trackwire 25, the Dandy Dozen predicts where each athlete will finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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