Badger Sports Roundup: Men's track third at NCAAs

Badgers enjoy strong showing at day one of NCAA Championships; Ebba Gebisa wins national law scholarship

The Wisconsin men's track and field team is in third place after the first day of competition at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships, thanks to strong finishes by sophomore Chris Solinsky and the distance medley relay. The Badgers have 16 points, behind only Oregon, with 20, and host Arkansas, with 19.

Solinsky finished third in the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 45.34 seconds, while teammate senior Matt Tegenkamp took fifth in 13:46.13, while battling a cold. Stanford's Ian Dobson won the race in 13:43.36.

"We had hoped to get two placers in the 5,000 meters and we did in a very competitive race," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "Unfortunately, Matt (Tegenkamp) was a little under the weather and it's hard to run 5,000 meters when you're not feeling well."

Sophomore Tim Nelson took 13th in 14:06.76 and junior Simon Bairu dropped out of the race, sustaining a lower leg injury.

The distance medley relay team of junior Ben Gregory, junior Joe Detmer, senior Dan Murray and senior Josh Spiker rallied from seventh place to finish third in 9:34.80. Michigan won the event in 9:30.82 after Arkansas was disqualified for lunging in front of Michigan at the finish line.

Sophomore Demi Omole qualified for the finals in the 60-meter dash after covering the distance in 6.69 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

Junior Ben Roland racked up 2,853 points in the first four events of the heptathlon, putting him in 11th place. He tied for seventh in the heptathlon high jump at 20 feet, 11 ¾ inches, and finished seventh in the heptathlon shot put at 44-0 ½.

Sophomore Joe Thomas (shot put), junior Rick Bellford (triple jump), junior Alonzo Moore (triple jump), Solinsky (3,000 meters) and Tegenkamp (3,000 meters) will compete Saturday.

Ebba Gebisa wins $1,000 national law scholarship

Ebba Gebisa, a senior at the University of Wisconsin who recently completed her eligibility with the women's basketball team, is the recipient of a $1,000 national scholarship.

Gebisa was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to win the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant for the WBCA. The award is handed out annually to a female college basketball player intending to pursue a law career.

Gebisa will receive the award at the WBCA Awards Luncheon April 3 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four.

Gebisa, who was nominated by Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone, will graduate in May with a degree in business: real estate and urban land economics. She made the dean's list every semester but one while starting three years at Wisconsin.

"The WBCA is honored to present Ebba Gebisa with the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. "Ebba has displayed resilient dedication on and off the court and we wish her continued success in the future."

Gebisa also won the 2003 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award and was a Chi Alpha Sigma Honoree, which is the national honor society for student-athletes.

Gebisa averaged 13.3 minutes and shot 46 percent from the field as a senior.

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