An appeals committee at the University of Wisconsin has amended Booker Stanley's suspension for a violation of the school's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, mandating that the junior tailback miss the first two practices of fall camp Aug 10-11. Stanley, who had been suspended indefinitely after his April 30 arrest at the Mifflin Street Block Party, can return to practice Aug. 12.
Bruce Jones, chair of the Appeals Committee, announced the decision in a press release Friday afternoon. Per university policy, the appeals committee reserved the right to further modify Stanley's suspension pending the availability of additional information regarding his case.
The release also stated that head football coach Barry Alvarez will further discipline Stanley. UW athletics communications director Justin Doherty said Friday that Alvarez would not comment on Stanley's additional discipline.
Stanley, 22, has been charged with four misdemeanors for his alleged role in two altercations at the annual block party: two counts of battery, one count disorderly conduct and one count resisting or obstructing a police officer.
Omole places third in 100 meters at NCAAs
Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole placed third in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night in Sacramento, Calif., finishing in a season-best time of 10.28 seconds. Florida State's Walter Dix won the event in 10.21 seconds. Omole helped Wisconsin to a tie for 19th place after Friday's events; the Badgers currently have seven points, while leader Arkansas has 32.
Omole was the first runner out of the blocks and led for over three quarters of the race, but Dix pulled away over the last 20 meters.
"I'm very disappointed. I've got to stay relaxed. I always tighten myself up and lose the race," Omole said. "I'm happy that I finished in the top three but other than that, it wasn't a good race at all."
"I'm mildly disappointed too because he could have won the race," UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "I can understand why he's disappointed — he's that close and he didn't put it away. But on the other hand, he was fifth last year and he's third this year. He's had a great NCAA season."
In the triple jump preliminaries, both juniors Alonzo Moore and Rick Bellford failed to qualify for the finals. Moore just missed qualifying, placing 13th with a best mark of 51 feet, 6 ½ inches. The top 12, led by BYU's Rodrigo Mendes with a jump of 57-6 ½, qualify for the finals. Bellford finished 20th with a jump of 50-6 ¾.
For the women, only Melissa Talbot competed Friday. After the first day of heptathlon competition, the junior is currently in 20th place with 3,185 points. Jessica Stockard of Georgia is sitting at No. 1 with 3,554 points. Talbot placed second in the heptathlon 200 meters in 24.38 seconds and finished seventh in the 100 hurdles with a personal best 13.84 seconds. Talbot struggled, though, in the high jump, placing 26th of 27 athletes after clearing only 5-0 ½ feet. Talbot will wrap up heptathlon competition Saturday.
The Badgers have three athletes on the men's side for Saturday's final day of competition. Senior Josh Spiker will compete in the 1,500 final and senior Matt Tegenkamp and sophomore Chris Solinsky will compete in the 5,000 final.