Men's track picks up 12 qualifying times

Tegenkamp sets new UW standard in 5,000 meters

Competing in two different meets Saturday, the No. 6 Wisconsin men's track team earned 12 NCAA indoor qualifying times, including one from senior Matt Tegenkamp. Tegenkamp ran the nation's top time in the 5,000 meters, finishing first in 13 minutes, 36.48 seconds and breaking his own school record.

Tegenkamp and other Wisconsin distance runners competed at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., where they combined to bring home four NCAA automatic qualifying times and four provisional qualifying times.

In addition to Tegenkamp, who set a facility record and won the race with his time, sophomore Chris Solinsky (13:39.07), junior Simon Bairu (13:46.15) and sophomore Tim Nelson (13:50.80) all earned NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 5,000 meters while finishing third, fifth and seventh, respectively. In that same race, junior Bobby Lockhart (13:54.92) and senior Antony Ford (13:56.22) placed ninth and 10th and earned NCAA provisional qualifying times.

In the mile run, senior Josh Spiker finished second in 4:01.72 and junior Ben Gregory took ninth in 4:03.14; both of these times were NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Meanwhile, at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa, four Badgers earned NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Sophomore Joe Thomas placed fifth in the shot put with a provisional qualifying throw of 59 feet, 9 ¾ inches. This mark bests his previous NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 59-5 ½ inches, which he earned last weekend.

Senior Dan Murray earned an indoor personal best time of 1:48.34 in the 800 meters, which is good for third on UW's all-time list and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Junior Joe Conway placed eighth in the long jump at 24-6 ¼ and senior Rick Bellford placed fourth in the triple jump at 50-10 ¼; both are NCAA provisional qualifying jumps but both have achieved better marks this season.

Women's track: Bellford sets new triple jump record

Sophomore Michelle Bellford set a University of Wisconsin record of 41 feet, 2 ½ inches in the triple jump at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday. She broke a record of 40-8 ¼, set by Markesha McWilliams in 1996.

Junior Erica Schoeller, competing at the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pentathlon with a personal best of 3,827 points. Her point total is third on UW's all-time list and is an improvement over her previous NCAA provisional mark of 3,805, set Jan. 29 at the UNI Invitational.

Competing at the Husky Classic in Seattle, sophomore Katrina Rundhaug finished ninth in the 5,000 meters in 16:26.45, which is a personal best time and an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

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