Badger Sports Roundup, April 9

Men's and women's track individuals win events; women's tennis wins; men's tennis, softball fall; rowers top Michigan

Moore, Thomas win at Gatorade Classic

The Wisconsin men's track team, led by junior Alonzo Moore and sophomore Joe Thomas, competed at the Gatorade Classic at Tennessee Saturday. The Classic pitted Southeastern Conference teams against Big Ten teams; Saturday, the SEC came out on top, winning 420-298.

Thomas won the discus with a toss of 167 feet, 9 inches, improving his NCAA regional qualifying mark. He also placed second in the shot put with a throw of 58-10 ¼.

Moore won the triple jump with a best mark of 50 feet, 10 ¼ inches, an NCAA regional qualifying mark, and placed third in the long jump with a jump of 22-11 ¼. Senior Rick Bellford placed second in the triple jump with a long mark of 49-6 ½.

Also picking up points for the Badgers were: Darren Niedermeyer, who finished third in the pole vault at 16-0 ¾; the 400-meter relay team, which finished third with a season-best 40.60; junior Nathan Brown, who took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 198-6; Paul Check, who took fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.45 seconds; Brent Boettcher, who took fifth in the high jump in 6-10 ¾; the 1,600-meter relay team, which placed fifth in 3:15.90; Dan Goesch, who took sixth in the 200 meters in 21.83 seconds; Nathan Probst, who took sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.43 seconds; and Jvontai Hanserd, who finished eighth in the 400 meters in 48.91 seconds.

Women's track wins two

The Wisconsin women's track team won two events at the Gatorade Classic at Tennessee, while SEC teams competing at the event outscored Big Ten teams 379-310.

Sophomore Katrina Rundhaug won the 3,000 meters in nine minutes, 49.02 seconds and sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes took eighth in 10:08.06.

Junior Theresa Giorno was Wisconsin's other event winner, taking the high jump at five feet, seven inches.

Sophomore Michelle Bellford took second in the triple jump with a best mark of 41 feet 4 ¼ inches, which improved her NCAA regional qualifying mark. She also took sixth in the long jump at 18-7 ¾.

Other Badgers who finished in the top five in their respective events include: Christina Taylor, who took third in the long jump at 19-3 ¼ and fourth in the triple jump at 36-11 ½; Melissa Talbot, who took fourth in the long jump at 19-2 ½ and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 14.16 seconds; the 400-meter relay team, which finished fourth in a season-best time of 46.62; Courtney Bauer, who took fourth in the shot put at 46-2 ½; the 1,600-meter relay, which placed fifth in a season-best time of 3:55.70; Andrea Lopez, who took fifth in the pole vault at 11-11 ¾; and Shuntia Lucas, who was fifth in the 400 meters in a season's best of 56.41 seconds.

Badger rowers crush Wolverines

The Wisconsin men's rowing team swept Michigan to open its spring racing season Saturday on Lake Mendota in Madison.

Wisconsin's first varsity eight was competing at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic, but the second and third varsity eights and first, second and third freshmen eight teams won all of their races against Michigan.

Wisconsin's second varsity eight boat, the top boat racing at this meet, finished in 6 minutes, 22.5 seconds, 12 seconds faster than Michigan, which clocked in at 6:34.5. The teams raced on a 2,000-meter course that began in front of the University Bay Fields and ended at the Memorial Union.

Wisconsin's freshman eight team finished in 6:29.3, just ahead of Michigan, which finished in 6:32.5. Wisconsin's third freshman team defeated Michigan's fourth varsity eight team, completing the course in 7:01.0, compared with the Wolverines' 7:15.9.

Wolverines silence Wisconsin softball

The No. 1 Michigan softball team was too much for Wisconsin to handle Saturday, as the Wolverines (38-3 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) stymied Wisconsin 8-0.

Michigan All-American shortstop Jessica Merchant hit a three-run home run in the third inning and tacked on another RBI in the bottom of the fourth to lead the Wolverines. Michigan pitcher Lorilyn Wilson gave up only one hit – to Wisconsin freshman first baseman Katie Hnatyk – in the trouncing.

Wisconsin senior starter Katie Layne gave up five earned runs, three hits and five walks while striking out four in 3 1/3 innings. Sophomore Megan Smith came in to relieve her and allowed four hits and three runs while striking out one.

Wisconsin faces No. 18 Northwestern at home Sunday in a doubleheader.

Women's tennis stops Minnesota

The No. 33 Wisconsin women's tennis team took down No. 65 Minnesota 6-1 Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, improving to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.

The Badgers took the doubles point 2-1 with wins from its No. 1 and No. 3 spots. The duo of senior Katie McGaffigan and sophomore Caitlin Burke (who were paired together for the first time this season), defeated Nischela Reddy and Lindsay Risebrough 8-2. The freshmen tandem of Nicole Beck and Chelsea Nusslock defeated Marina Buganenco and Danielle Mousseau 8-4, but the No. 2 team of senior Lindsay Martin and Kaylan Caiati fell to Ida Malmberg and Jane Anderson 8-6.

McGaffigan, ranked No. 91, took No. 70 Reddy to three sets, eventually winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 at the top singles spot. No. 83 Burke had no problem with Malmberg, defeating her 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Minnesota (5-10, 0-5) earned only one point, when Anderson defeated Martin 6-2, 6-0.

Caiati, Beck and Nusslock all defeated their opponents to contribute points in the win.

Wisconsin next faces No. 54 Iowa in Madison Sunday.

Rice downs men's tennis

The Badger men's tennis team, fresh of a sweep of No. 57 Minnesota, could not produce that same magic Saturday and fell to Rice 5-2 in the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Rice earned the doubles point after the Owls swept Wisconsin (7-11 overall) in doubles competition.

In singles competition, Wisconsin senior Alex Kasarov upset No. 25 Robet Searle 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 at the top spot, while freshman Jeremy Sonkin defeated Hen Harknett 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Lachezar Kasarov, freshman Felipe Bellido, freshman Brian Ko and junior Mark Weinig all fell to their opponents.

Volleyball wins five matches at DePaul

The Wisconsin volleyball team competed at the DePaul Spring Tournament in Chicago Saturday, winning five of its matches and tying one.

Wisconsin defeated Illinois-Chicago, Loyola, Chicago State, Kent State and Valparaiso and split with Northern Illinois 1-1; all matches were 40-minute timed matches.

Senior outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto led the Badgers with 29 kills, while sophomore outside hitter/libero Jocelyn Wack had a team-high 31 digs.

Wisconsin next faces UW-Green Bay April 20 at the Field House at 7 p.m.

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