The University of Wisconsin women's track and field team earned 50 points to finish eighth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, its lowest finish at the indoor championships in school history. Michigan, which hosted the meet, won with 130 points, while Illinois took second with 117.5 points.
Wisconsin was in fifth after Saturday's competition with 28 points, but had few athletes in contention for points in Sunday's events.
The Badgers, though, did break two school records Sunday. Senior Courtney Bauer set a new school standard of 57 feet, 2 ¾ inches in the 20-pound weight throw but placed ninth and did not earn any team points for Wisconsin. Junior Jennifer Leatherman of Penn State won the event at 69-11 ½.
Sophomore Shuntia Lucas ran a school-record time of 24.3 seconds in the 200-meter dash to finish sixth, while Michigan senior Sierra Hauser-Price won in 24 seconds flat.
Sophomore Katrina Rundhaug finished fourth in the 5,000 meters, running a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:33.08. Michigan senior Lindsey Gallo won in 16:28.51.
In the 800 meters, senior Shannon Murto took fifth in 2:12.69, while freshman Ann Detmer took seventh in a personal-best time of 2:13.28. Neither could beat Illinois sophomore Carlene Robinson, who finished first in 2:09.19.
Sophomore Michelle Bellford finished in fifth place in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, ½ inch, while Ohio State senior Rosalind Goodwin took the event with a leap of 43-10 ½.
Finally, junior Tara Halls took fifth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:32.52, earning four points for her team. Winner Mollie Hupp, a junior from Minnesota, set a new University of Michigan Indoor Track Building record of 1:31.57.
Wisconsin will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational March 4-5 prior to the NCAA Championships.
Mania named to all-conference team
Wisconsin senior swimmer Adam Mania earned second-team all-Big Ten honors Sunday. At the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Mania broke his own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, setting a new standard of 46.86 seconds. This is his third all-Big Ten honor.
Mania earned NCAA "A" times in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke and will compete at the NCAA Championships March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Sophomore Joe Ebinger earned the Badgers' sportsmanship award.
Badgers grab Rams by the horns
The Wisconsin women's tennis team made quick work of Colorado State Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo., defeating the Rams 7-0.
Wisconsin (5-4 overall) swept Colorado State (2-2) in doubles, with the Badger duo of seniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin defeating senior Dasha Zhurin and sophomore Emily Kirchem 8-4. McGaffigan, at the No. 1 singles spot, defeated Zhurin, the Mountain West Player of the Week, 6-2, 6-1.
Sophomore Caitlin Burke won her team-high 14th singles match by defeating Kirchem 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock also extended a winning streak of her own, beating junior Jasmin Singh 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot to win her fifth straight match.
Badger men fall to tough Michigan teams
The Wisconsin men's tennis team could not hold its own against No. 46 Michigan State Saturday and No. 39 Michigan Sunday, dropping both of its road matches.
Only walk-on freshman Brian Ko picked up a win Saturday as the Badgers fell 6-1 to Michigan State in East Lansing.
The Spartans (10-3 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) swept the doubles competition and attempted the same feat at singles. Ko quickly defeated opponent sophomore Michael Flowers 6-2, 6-0 but was the only Badger to win at singles. Playing at the top spot, senior Alex Kasarov fell to senior Andrew Formanczyk 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while freshman Jeremy Sonkin fell 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.
Sunday, two of Wisconsin's other freshmen picked up wins in Wisconsin's 5-2 loss to Michigan (7-2, 2-0) In singles, Sonkin and freshman Fellipe Bellido defeated their opponents, to pick up Wisconsin's only wins. Sonkin defeated freshman Matko Maravic 6-4, 6-3, while Bellido took down senior David Anvig 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Wisconsin (3-6, 0-3), though, fell in all three of its doubles matches and the remaining singles matches. Ko, senior Alex Kasarov, sophomore Lachezar Kasarov, and freshman Elliot Bisnow all dropped their singles matches.
Wisconsin next faces Iowa March 5 in Iowa City.