Badger Sports Roundup, April 23

Weather plays havoc with events; men's track shines; women's track wins two; softball fall; women's golf eighth at Big Ten championships

Inclement weather cancels UW events

The Midwest Rowing Championships and the 2005 Kepler Intercollegiate men's golf tournament were each canceled Saturday due to inclement weather across the Midwest.

The Midwest Rowing Championships, held on Lake Wingra in Madison, were canceled Saturday due to wintry temperature and wind conditions on the water. Temperatures Saturday morning were in the 30s, and dropped to the 20s with the wind chill. Winds whipped through the Lake Wingra area at more than 20 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.

The Kepler Intercollegiate, hosted by Ohio State, was called for the first time in the tournament's 36 years, again due to inclement weather.

Badgers win four at UNI invite

The Wisconsin men's track and field team won four events at the University of Northern Iowa Twilight Invitational Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Sophomore Joe Thomas won both the shot put (56 feet, 4 ½ inches) and the discus (159-9) while sophomore Mike Sracic placed second in the discus with a throw of 152 feet.

Redshirt freshman Derek Thiel won the pole vault with a height of 15-3, while junior Wes Ulfig took second with a height of 14-9.

Junior Paul Check picked up Wisconsin's fourth first-place finish, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 14.3 seconds.

Second-place finishers include: sophomore Demi Omole, who finished the 100-meter dash in 10.54 seconds; junior Alonzo Moore, in the long jump with a distance of 24-0 ¾; and sophomore Zach McCollum, in the high jump with a height of 6-4 ¾.

Badger women win two

The Wisconsin women's track and field team also competed at the Northern Iowa Twilight Invitational Saturday, winning two events.

The Wisconsin 400-meter relay team of junior Lisa Oikarinen, junior Melissa Talbot, sophomore Michelle Bellford and sophomore Shuntia Lucas won the race in 47.8 seconds. Wisconsin's other first-place finish came from Lucas, who won the 100-meter dash in 11.93 seconds, which tied her season-best performance.

Freshman Kayla Schultz took second in the discus with a throw of 154 feet, 5 inches, and took third in the shot put with a throw of 43-7 ¾. Senior Yael Peled placed second in both the long jump (18-2 ¼) and the triple jump (36-11 ½), while sophomore Lindsay Leech took second in the pole vault with a height of 10-6. Sophomore Theresa Giorno placed second with a 5-3 high jump.

Badgers move up to eighth in crummy weather conditions

The Wisconsin women's golf team, competing at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., moved up to eighth place after shooting a 328 over 18 holes Saturday. The Badgers, who were in last place after Friday's first 36 holes, moved up three spots and have a total score of 979, with 18 holes to go on Sunday. The teams played in snowy conditions in Ann Arbor and only 12 players competing had scores below 80. Ohio State leads the team competition with a 900 (297-296-307), while Buckeye Kristen White is the individual leader with a 222 (73-73-76)

Wisconsin junior Lindsay McMillan is tied for 25th with a 241 after shooting an 83 in the third round. Freshman Katie Elliott was one of the 12 to shoot lower than an 80 and, with her 79, moved up to a tie for 28th with a 242 (78-85-79). Sophomore Jill Ries currently sits in a tie for 47th with a 251 (81-84-86) and sophomore Melissa Martin is in 50th with a 252 (87-80-85).

Softball falls to Purdue

Snow flurries occasionally decorated the air in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, and the wind chill dipped into the 20s. But the frigid air could not keep Purdue's offense from heating up.

The Boilermakers scored six runs in the top of the second and four in the top of the sixth to claim a 10-4 decision over visiting Wisconsin. The Badgers fell to 18-20 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten while PU improves to 30-18-1 and 6-6.

Purdue chased Badger starter Katie Layne (5-7) in the second inning; she yielded six earned runs, five hits and one walk in one inning. Megan Smith came on in relief and allowed four more runs, three earned, in six innings of work.

Boilermaker pitcher Diana LaRiva (11-4) earned a complete game victory, allowing six hits and five walks while striking out six.

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