Badgers send 13 to NCAAs

Distance squad well represented at national championships

Thirteen members of the No. 6 Wisconsin men's track team are bound for Arkansas Friday and Saturday, where they will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Badgers have athletes competing in seven different events at the meet, held in the Randal Tyson Indoor Track at the University of Arkansas.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to take a large number of our athletes to compete at the national meet," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "It bodes well for having the opportunity to be a top-10 program."

Senior Matt Tegenkamp highlights a group consisting mostly of distance runners. Tegenkamp currently owns the nation's best time in the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 36.48 seconds, which is a school and conference record and the second-fastest time run by an American college student. He will also compete in the 3,000 meters, where he is seeded fifth with a 7:51.75.

Sophomore Chris Solinsky will also compete in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, and junior Simon Bairu and sophomore Tim Nelson will join them in the 5,000 meters.

Wisconsin's distance medley relay team of junior Ben Gregory, junior Joe Detmer, senior Dan Murray and senior Josh Spiker will also make trip, with the eighth-fastest time of 9:36.20.

Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole (event: 60 meters; best time: 6.62 seconds) junior Alonzo Moore (triple jump; 52-0 ½ feet), junior Rick Bellford (triple jump; 52-0 ½ feet), sophomore Joe Thomas (shot put; 62 0 ½ feet), and junior Ben Roland (heptathlon; 5,414 points) have also qualified for the NCAA meet.

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