Bobby Lockhart, a senior on the Wisconsin men's track team, will be able to return to practice and competition immediately, after an appeals committee overturned his indefinite suspension, which dated back to Nov. 23.
Lockhart was suspended after he was charged with substantial battery with the intent to do bodily harm, a felony, and with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Lockhart was accused of choking an ex-girlfriend and hitting her in the face with a wine glass Nov. 23, just after the men's cross country team won the national championship.
"The Appeals Committee found the facts of the case to be vastly different from the charges originally made against Mr. Lockhart," said Walter Dickey, chair of the Appeals Committee. "That is why the Committee immediately reinstated him."
Women's hockey: Bauer notches weekly honor
Sara Bauer, a junior forward on the Wisconsin women's hockey team, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association offensive player of the week.
Bauer recorded an assist in regulation and a shorthanded goal in overtime to give Wisconsin (21-2-1 overall, 16-1-1 WCHA) a 4-3 win over Ohio State Friday and provided the game-winning goal and notched two assists in the Badgers' 5-1 win over the Buckeyes Sunday. She earned her third weekly conference honor this season. Bauer currently sits fourth on the UW all-time scoring list with 127 points and is poised to move into third place and surpass former Badger Sis Paulsen, who has 130 points. Paulsen, who is serving as the interim co-head coach of Bemidji State, brings the Beavers (6-18-2, 5-15-0 WCHA) into Madison Jan. 28-29.
Badgers fifth in Director's Cup standings
The University of Wisconsin is ranked fifth in the final fall standings of the 2005-06 Sports Academy Director's Cup. Released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the standings include results from women and men's cross country, women's field hockey, Division I-A and I-AA football, women's and men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.
Wisconsin received its biggest boost—100 points—from the men's cross country team, which won a national championship in November. The Badger volleyball team (73 points), women's cross country team (34), football team (45) and women's soccer team (25) also earned points for Wisconsin.
UW finished 19th last season, its best showing since the 1999-2000 year.