Five in a row!

Men's track wins fifth straight indoor championship; Tegenkamp sets Big Ten record

The Wisconsin men's track team won its fifth straight Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championship Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., posting strong performances in the 5,000-meter run and the triple jump in the final day of the meet. Wisconsin earned 144.5 points, easily out-scoring Indiana (105.5). The Hoosiers, though, came within precious few points of Wisconsin prior to the final events and even held the lead at one point.

In the 5,000 meters, though, Wisconsin blew away the competition, pulling comfortably ahead with two events left. Senior Matt Tegenkamp led the charge, setting a new conference record in winning the race in 13 minutes, 56.02 seconds. Sophomore Chris Solinsky placed second in 13:59.91, while junior Simon Bairu finished fifth in 14:17.44 and sophomore Tim Nelson took eighth in 14:23.47. The Badgers reaped 23 points from the event.

"Two of us, Chris and myself, weren't sure if we were going to run or not; it was going to be based on team points," Tegenkamp said. "Today we had a decent meet but not a great meet so Chris and I had to run to put the meet away."

Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole suffered a strained hamstring prior to the finals of the 60-meter dash and did not run the race, costing the Badgers valuable points. In the semifinals Omole covered the distance in 6.71 seconds, the fastest time of the day and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

"It was a roller coaster ride," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "We didn't get the best of starts. We were solid early in the day. The 60 (meters) was something we weren't counting on. It came at a time in the meet where the guys had to look around and make a decision whether they were going to fold up or ante up. They responded very well to close down the meet."

Junior Joe Detmer, who won the 600-meter run last year, placed third in 1:18.35, despite winning his heat. Illinois sophomore Zachery Glavash, running in the other heat, won in 1:16.96.

Senior Jvontai Hanserd placed second in the 200-meter dash in a personal-best 21.50, while Indiana sophomore David Neville won in 21.46 seconds.

Some of Wisconsin's key points Sunday came from the triple jump. Although Indiana junior Aarik Wilson won the triple jump in 55-2 3/4, Wisconsin junior Alonzo Moore took second with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 52 feet, ½ inch. Senior Rick Bellford followed, placing third with a jump of 50-5 ½ and sophomore Paul Hubbard took seventh at 48-8 ¾, helping UW score an impressive 16 points.

Wisconsin also picked up points in the heptathlon, thanks to junior Ben Roland, who finished second with 5,414 points. The score is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and an indoor personal best. Junior Nathan Brown took fourth with 5,343 points, including a third-place finish in the heptathlon 1,000 meters in 2:47.25. Minnesota senior Travis Brandstatter won with 5,660 points.

In the mile, Wisconsin senior Josh Spiker took fourth in 4:28.05 and junior Ben Gregory was hot on his trail, finishing fifth in 4:29.49. Indiana junior Sean Jefferson won in 4:26.70, just one hundredth of a second ahead of second-place sophomore Nick Willis of Michigan.

Senior Dan Murray placed third in the 800 meters in 1:50.52, which Illinois junior Tramell Smith won in 1:49.92.

UW junior Paul Check took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.97 while Purdue sophomore Ricky Pinkney won that event in 7.89 seconds.

The 1,600-meter relay team, consisting of senior Dan Murray, sophomore Chad Melotte, Hanserd and sophomore Dan Goesch, ran a season-best time of 3:13.55 to take third. The team could not best Illinois, which won the race in 3:11.95.

"It hasn't really settled in on me yet," Nuttycombe said on his team's fifth-consecutive title. "I'll enjoy the day.


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