Badger Sports Roundup

Track athletes better qualifying marks; men's tennis falls

The Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational Friday and Saturday in South Bend, Ind., giving athletes one final chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend.

Friday, Katrina Rundhaug won the 5,000 meters, finishing in 16 minutes, 29.10 seconds. She previously earned a provisional qualifying time of 16:26.45.

The Wisconsin men's distance medley relay earned a provisional qualifying time of 9:36.20 Friday, bettering an earlier provisional qualifying mark of 9:40.53. Team members Josh Spiker, Jvontai Hanserd, Dan Murray and Chris Solinsky ran the nation's ninth fastest time and placed sixth in the event. The University of Michigan won in an NCAA automatic time of 9:28.12.

On Saturday, Rick Bellford won the triple jump, improving upon his NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a 52-0 ½. The mark, a personal best for him, currently ties him with fellow Badger Alonzo Moore for 11th on the list of national qualifiers.

Shuntia Lucas re-set her school record in the 200 meters, finishing in sixth in 24.28, but finished short of a provisional qualifying time. The time broke her school record of 24.30, set last weekend.

Men's tennis falls to Iowa

The Wisconsin men's tennis team (3-7 overall) could not pick up that elusive conference win Saturday as it fell to Iowa 4-3, in Iowa City.

The Badgers, now 0-4 in the Big Ten, got a win from Alex and Lachezar Kasarov in doubles play but Iowa (7-1, 1-0) posted wins at the No. 2 and 3 spots to win the doubles point.

UW's Jeremy Sonkin won at the No. 2 singles spot, defeating Kyle Markham 6-3, 6-3, while Lachezar Kasarov took down J. P. Ritchie 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. Alex Kasarov, playing at the top spot, won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 against Chaitu Malempati.

Badgers Brian Ko and Steve Guntly, though, lost matches at No. 5 and No. 6.

A win at the No. 4 spot would have given Wisconsin its fourth point and the win but Felipe Bellido fell to Bart von Monsjou 3-6, 5-7, 4-6.

Wisconsin next faces Marquette March 9 at 4 p.m. in Madison.

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