Track: Tegenkamp places fifth

Badger men's team finishes tied for 26th at NCAAs

Matt Tegenkamp, a senior distance runner at the University of Wisconsin, wrapped up his collegiate career Saturday with a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

The Badger men, who finished third at the NCAA indoors earlier this year, finished Saturday's final day of the national outdoor meet with 12 points, placing them in a tie for 26th place. Arkansas won the national title with 60 points.

Tegenkamp finished the 5,000 in 13 minutes and 41.07 seconds, establishing a new UW record with his seventh All-American honor of his Badger track and field career. He will compete again, however, in just two weeks at the June 23-26 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

"I know it's the end," said Tegenkamp of his collegiate career. "I know I won't be running with a Badger logo on me anymore but I know I'm going to keep running; it's not as if I'm cutting this part of my life off. I'm going to continue on and run professionally. I've loved my five years at Wisconsin. It's been a wonderful experience and I would never change it for the world."

Tegenkamp earned six of his All-American honors in the past two years. In 2004 he placed third in the 3,000 and fifth in the 5,000 indoors and he was third in the 5,000 outdoors. This year, Tegenkamp placed fifth in the 5,000 and third in the 3,000 at the indoor meet. He also earned All-American acclaim for a 16th place finish in the 3,000 at the 2003 NCAA indoors. In addition, he was a three-time All American in cross country.

"With the tradition of Wisconsin, there have been a lot of great guys," Tegenkamp said. "I'm just happy I'm one of them."

Saturday, the Badgers also received a point in the 5,000 from sophomore Chris Solinsky's eighth place finish in 13:51.36. Between cross country, indoor and outdoor track, this was Solinsky's seventh All-American honor.

In the 1,500, senior Josh Spiker placed 11th in 3:42.39.

The UW women's team had one athlete competing on Saturday's final day: junior Melissa Talbot placed 20th in the heptathlon. The Badger women did not score a point in the meet.

Texas won the women's national championship with 55 points.

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