Badger Sports Roundup

Track teams qualify athletes for NCAAs; Hanson earns monthly honor; women's tennis victorious

Men's track qualifies nine for NCAAs

The Wisconsin men's track and field team earned nine NCAA qualifying marks last weekend at the Stanford Invitational and the Jim Click Shootout.

Sophomore Tim Nelson earned an automatic qualifying time of 28 minutes, 45.32 seconds in the 10,000 meters for the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Senior Antony Ford finished 16th in 28:55.62 in the same event and also earned an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. Junior Bobby Lockhart earned a provisional qualifying mark of 29:07.38, while finishing 23rd in the event.

Senior Tim Keller finished 19th in 14:07.41 in the 5,000 meters, qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional.

Junior Alonzo Moore won the triple jump at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., earning a NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 51 feet, 1 ¾ inches.

In the high jump, junior Brent Boettcher won with an outdoor personal best mark of 7-0 ½, qualifying for NCAA Regionals.

Sophomore Joe Thomas earned a pair of NCAA Regional qualifying marks when he finished fourth in the shot put at 60-3 and fifth in the discus at 167-2.

Finally, the 400-meter relay team of sophomore Brian Calhoun, sophomore Dan Goesch, senior Jvontai Hanserd and sophomore Demi Omole placed third in 40.65, which was an NCAA Regional qualifying time.

Wisconsin next competes at the Tennessee Classic April 9.

Women qualify three

Sophomore Katrina Rundhaug earned an NCAA Outdoor Championships automatic qualifying time over the weekend at the Stanford Invitational. Rundhaug placed 10th in the 10,000 meters, finishing in a personal-best time of 33:45.03.

Sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes, competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finished 10th in 10:39.42 to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regionals.

Sophomore Michelle Bellford, who competed at the Jim Click Shootout, also qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the triple jump, placing second with a best of 40-3 ¼. Wisconsin senior Christina Taylor took third in the same event with a 37-1 ¾.

The Badgers return to competition April 6-9 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

Hanson earns classroom accolades

Senior guard Clayton Hanson earned Wisconsin's Student-Athlete of the Month for his efforts on and off the court. Hanson, who was also named to the Syracuse Regional All-Tournament Team, has a 3.625 cumulative grade point average and is a business—real estate and management major. In addition to basketball and his studies, Hanson has an internship at a local real estate consulting firm.

The Student-Athlete of the Month award goes to a student-athlete with outstanding recognition or achievement in academics, significant contribution to the team and active participation in community service.

Hanson currently has the best 3-point-percentage in the Big Ten, knocking down 55 of 121 (.455) 3s this season. He contributed 1,019 minutes, second best on the team this season.

Women's tennis: Badgers defeat No. 28 Notre Dame

The No. 34 Wisconsin women's tennis team squeaked by No. 28 Notre Dame 4-3 Tuesday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Freshman Nicole Beck won the deciding match for Wisconsin (10-4 overall) at No. 5 singles, defeating Sarah Jane Connelly 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

Wisconsin lost the doubles point 2-1 to Notre Dame (8-8), giving the Fighting Irish a 1-0 lead. Wins at the Nos. 2-4 spots — from sophomore and No. 100 Caitlin Burke, senior Lindsay Martin and sophomore Kaylan Caiati — gave Wisconsin a 3-2 advantage heading into the final match. Senior and No. 93 Katie McGaffigan and freshman Chelsea Nusslock lost their singles matches.

"(Today's win) shows that (the team is) not going to give up," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "None of them are going to give up, and when their backs are against the wall they're going to keep fighting."

The Badgers take a conference road trip east this weekend, facing Penn State Friday and Indiana Sunday.

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