Track: Badgers win five events

Demi Omole takes first place in 100 meters at the Drake Relays

The University of Wisconsin men's and women's track teams each took part in split squad meets at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and the Loras Open in Dubuque, Iowa, Saturday, accumulating five first-place finishes between them.

Demi Omole provided the headline act. The sophomore sprinter won the 100 meter dash at the Drake Relays for the second consecutive year, covering the distance in 10.48 seconds. He also anchored a 400 relay team that finished second with a time of 40.08. The team of Omole, sophomore Brian Calhoun, senior Jvontai Hanserd and sophomore Dan Goesch trailed only Oregon, which won in 39.88.

Also at the Drake Relays, sophomore Joe Thomas took seventh in the special shot put with a season's best 60 feet, 5 ¾ inches. Junior Brent Boettcher placed seventh in the special high jump (6-8 ¾), junior Alonzo Moore finished sixth in the triple jump (50-6 ¼) and junior Rick Bellford finished eighth (50-2). Moore's and Bellford's marks were NCAA regional qualifying standards.

On the women's side sophomore Shuntia Luca, freshman Alex McCannel, junior Lisa Oikarinen and freshman Nicole Slaby combined to finish 13th in the sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800) in 4:03.87. Former Badger Jenelle Deatherage finished fourth in the special 1,500 in 4:22.77.

At the Loras Open the men's team claimed three first-place finishes.

Freshman Luke Hoenecke won the 400 in 49.25 and sophomore Nathan Probst won the 400 hurdles in 54.06. That tandem teamed up as part of UW's 1,600 relay team, which took first in 3:21.58.

Senior Scott Hogseth took second in the 400 in 49.84, while Hoenecke was fourth in the 200 in 22.25.

Junior Zach McCollum finished second in the high jump at 6-6 while Nathan Brown tied for fifth at 6-2. Two UW athletes tied for fifth in the pole vault: junior Wes Ulfig and freshman Derek Thiel both cleared 15-3.

On the women's side, sophomore Theresa Giorno won the high jump (5-6), while junior Courtney Nuss finished second (5-4 ¼).

Freshman Sarita Thomas took third in the 200 meters (26.21) and freshman Elizabeth Novak was sixth (27.28).

Sophomore Erin Brueggeman and sophomore Lindsay Leech tied for fourth in the pole vault at 10-6 ¼.

Freshman Lindsey Biel placed fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:08.79); freshman Erica Tressley was sixth (1:11.04).

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