Wisconsin women's track team member and junior Melissa Talbot placed second in the heptathlon at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5,275 points. That point total is a personal best for her and the second best-ever mark recorded by a Badger.
Talbot won the 200 meters in 24.74 seconds, took second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.18 seconds, placed third in the 800 meters in 2:19.07, and sixth in the javelin at 112 feet, four inches. The latter two even results were personal bests. Talbot also took fifth in the long jump at 18-2 ½, tied for ninth in the high jump at 5-3 and took 10th in the shot put at 34-8 ¼.
Clum named team MVP at awards banquet
Wisconsin junior wrestler Tom Clum was named the team's most valuable wrestler for the second straight year as the Badgers handed out awards April 23 at the Milford Hills Hunt Club. The wrestling team finished 11-3-2 overall and 4-3-1 in the Big Ten, the first time in 11 years the team has finished above .500 in the conference. The Badgers tied for 15th at the NCAA Championships.
Clum, an All-American, placed third at the NCAA Championships in the 133-pound weight class and led the team with a 28-5 overall record.
Junior Ryan Flaherty (197 pounds), who also earned All-American honors, earned awards for "most dedicated" and "most pins" (he finished with a team-high 16 pins).
Redshirt freshman Jake Donar earned the "most improved" award after finishing with a 17-15 overall record and taking fourth in the 165-pound weight class at the Big Ten Championships. Senior Brady Reinke (184) earned the "George Martin Scholarship Award" for earning a team-high 3.574 grade point average. Junior Lee Kraemer (heavyweight) earned the "team award" while competing at the heavyweight spot this season; he previously competed at 197 pounds. He helped Wisconsin to wins over Northwestern, Indiana and Ohio State.
The senior class of Reinke, Tyler Laudon (184) and Chad Steldt (165) was recognized at the banquet as well.
Women's hockey signs two
The Wisconsin women's hockey team announced the final recruits for its 2005-06 freshman class. Tia Hanson and Alycia Matthews, both of Canada, will join the Badgers this fall, head coach Mark Johnson announced Thursday.
Matthews, of Castlegar, British Columbia, is a 5-foot-8 defender who has earned a gold medal with the Canadian U-22 national team.
Hanson comes from Medicine Hat, Alberta and is a 5-4 forward who competed with the Oval X-treme team, which won the 2005 Western Women's Hockey League.
Kayla Hagen, Angie Keseley and Erika Lawler, all forwards, had previously signed with the Badgers.