Track Roundup

Omole stars, men's track wins nine events; women's team claims five events

Men's track: Badgers win nine at Twilight

The Wisconsin men's track team, led by sophomore Demi Omole, won nine events at its Wisconsin Twilight invitational Saturday in Madison.

Omole won three events: the 100-meter dash in an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 10.39 seconds, the 200 meters in 20.77, also a regional qualifying time, and the 400-meter relay, which finished in 40.15. Other members of the relay team were sophomore Brian Calhoun, sophomore Dan Goesch and senior Jvontai Hanserd, who also finished second in the 100 in 10.60 and fourth in the 200 in 21.21.

Three other Badgers earned regional qualifying marks at Saturday's meet. Junior Paul Check won the 110-meter high hurdles in a personal best time of 14.04. Junior Rick Bellford won the triple jump with a best jump of 51 feet, 10 ½ inches, an improvement on his regional qualifying mark. Senior Josh Spiker won the 1,500 meters in a regional qualifying time of 3:44.19. Freshman Stuart Eagon, competing unattached, took fourth in 3:47.89, which would have qualified him for NCAA Regionals. Freshman Christian Wagner, competing unattached as well, won the 5,000 meters in 14:04.71.

Sophomore Zach McCollum won the high jump at 6-8 ¾; while junior Joe Conway placed first in the long jump at 23-6; and junior Nathan Brown won the javelin at 190-7, rounding out Wisconsin's first-place finishers.

Three Badgers earned personal bests at this meet: sophomore Nathan Probst, who placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.96; sophomore Mike Sracic, who took second in the hammer (171-2) and fourth in the discus (165-2); and redshirt freshman Derek Thiel, who took fourth in the pole vault at 15-5.

Wisconsin competes at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Ohio State, where it looks to defend its outdoor title.

Women's track: Badgers win five at Twilight

The Wisconsin women's track and field team won five events and earned several personal bests at the Wisconsin Twilight meet in Madison Saturday.

Senior Christina Taylor won the long jump, earning a regional qualifying mark of 19-6 ¼, while sophomore Michelle Bellford took second in the event at 18-10 ¾. The latter also took second in the triple jump with a best jump of 40-6 ¾, a NCAA Regional qualifying mark.

Sophomore Shuntia Lucas won the 100-meter dash in a personal best time of 11.78 seconds, .03 seconds slower than the NCAA Regional qualifying time. Junior Melissa Talbot took second in the 100 in 11.92 and also took second in the javelin with a personal-best toss of 120-2.

Junior Linsey Blaisdell won the 5,000 meters in 17:05.25, junior Theresa Giorno won the high jump at 5-7 and senior Courtney Bauer won the hammer with a best toss of 173-7. Bauer also took second in the shot put (45-9) and fourth in the discus (137-5).

Wisconsin swept the top three places in the high jump, with juniors Courtney Nuss and Danielle Ohmen tying for second.

The 400-meter relay team of Bellford, Lucas, Talbot and junior Lisa Oikarinen placed second in 47 seconds flat, while Northern Iowa won the event in 46.92. Oikarinen also took fourth in the 200 meters in 25.13.

Lucas, Oikarinen, freshman Ann Detmer and freshman Nicole Slaby took second in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:54.66, which Northern Iowa won in 3:46.20. Detmer also took third in the 800 meters in 2:12.48.

In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Lindsey Biel ran a personal best 14.69, finishing second. She also took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.94.

Redshirt freshman Julia Heinrich took second in the pole vault at 11-11 ¾.

The Wisconsin women head to Ohio State for the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Championships next Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.


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