Wednesday's first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. was a mixed bag for the University of Wisconsin.
The Badgers had three athletes advance to finals in preliminary competition Wednesday, but also suffered the disappointment of some key non qualifiers.
Needing to finish in the top 12 Wednesday to advance to Friday's final, sophomore Joe Thomas only managed 58 feet 7 ½ inches in the shot put, placing 15th.
UW's 400 relay finished fourth in its heat, covering the distance in a solid 39.82 seconds. But that mark was 13th overall, putting the Badgers .52 seconds outside of Friday's finals.
The anchor of that relay, however, advanced to a Friday final in the open 100. Sophomore Demi Omole finished second in his first-round heat (10.41 seconds) and fourth in his semi-final heat (10.44) and is one of nine remaining competitors in the event.
Senior Matt Tegenkamp and sophomore Chris Solinsky placed third and fifth in their heat, and fifth and ninth overall, in qualifying for Saturday's final in the 5,000 meters.
Wrapping up the UW men's team's performances Wednesday, after day one of the decathlon, junior Ben Roland is in 12th place and classmate Nathan Brown is in 13th. The decathlon concludes today.
The Badgers only had one athlete compete in the women's championships Wednesday. ‘A Havahla Haynes finished outside the qualifying for the finals in the 3,000 steeplechase, but her 10:19.03 set a new UW record. She placed 17th, three spots and 4.08 seconds outside of the final qualifying mark.
Time set for UW/UNC football game
The UW football team's first road game of the 2005 season will be a nationally televised night game, the school announced Wednesday. The Badgers' contest at North Carolina Sept. 17 will kickoff at 6 p.m. Central Time and be broadcast by ESPN2.
Badger rowers receive All-American laurels
Nikki Lennart, a senior on the UW women's openweight rowing team, has been named a first-team All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Badger senior Shannon Gedman was a second-team selection.
Lennart, the seventh seat on UW's 14th place varsity eight at this spring's national championships, is the Badgers' first ever first-team selection.