Badger Sports Roundup

Men's track wins Big Ten title; results: women's track, hockey and tennis; men's swimming and tennis

The University of Wisconsin men's track and field team won its sixth consecutive Big Ten Indoor Championship Sunday, finishing the competition with 124.5 points. Minnesota (94), Illinois (93), Michigan (76) and Indiana (72) rounded out the top five.

The Badgers continued their dominance of the conference with a combination of solid depth and sterling performances.

Junior Chris Solinsky won two events. Sunday, he set a meet record and established an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 5,000 meters, finishing the event in 13:51.34. Saturday he won the 3,000 in a time of 7:54.73.

Junior sprinter Demi Omole claimed his first career Big Ten Indoor title Sunday, winning the 60 in 6.7 seconds. Omole also picked up points for UW in the 200, finishing fourth in 21.85 seconds.

The Badgers' other event champion was senior Nate Brown, who won his first Big Ten title, claiming first place in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 5,304 points. Teammate Ben Roland placed second in the event with 5,159. And freshman Jeff Tressley placed seventh in 4,801.

Many other Badgers contributed scoring performances:

Junior Chad Melotte placed third in the 400 meters in 47.97 seconds.

In the 600, freshman James Groce placed third in 1:18.10 and senior Scott Hogseth took sixth in 1:19.20.

Senior Ben Gregory placed second in the mile run in 4:15.04.

In addition to Solinsky's win in the 3,000, sophomore Christian Wagner took sixth (8:14.79) and senior Bobby Lockhart placed seventh (8:14.87).

In the 5000, junior Tim Nelson was fourth (14:09.45), sophomore Stuart Eagon was sixth (14:15.98) and senior Antony Ford was seventh (14:16.08).

UW's 1600 relay placed fourth in 3:16.33 and the Badgers were sixth in the distance medley relay in 10:05.78.

UW picked up a seventh place in the high jump from Brent Boettcher (6-8 ¼), an eighth place in the pole vault from Derek Thiel (16-0 ¾).

In the long jump, senior Alonzo Moore was fourth in 24-5 ½, junior Paul Hubbard was sixth in 24-4 ¼ and senior Joe Conway was seventh in 24-2 3/4.

Moore finished second in the triple jump (51-0 ¾), where Hubbard was sixth (49-11).

Women's track places fifth

Wisconsin placed fifth in the women's Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend. The Badgers, who hosted the event, finished with 71 points. Michigan won the title with 126 2/3, followed by Illinois (112), Minnesota (104.83) and Penn State (85).

Junior Shuntia Lucas set a school record in the 60 in the preliminaries (7.44) and placed second in the finals in 7.45. She finished third in the 200 with another school record (24.11), breaking the mark she set earlier this season (24.25). Lucas was also part of UW's sixth-place 1600 relay team.

The Badgers did especially well in the pole vault, where junior Blair Luethmers was UW's only individual champion, after she cleared a height of 13-1 3/4, establishing a new Big Ten meet record. Freshman Jenny Soceka was sixth in 12-2.

Senior Erica Schoeller was sixth in the 600 in 1:33.17.

Sophomore Ann Detmer placed sixth in the 800 in 2:12.53.

In the mile run, senior A Havahla Hayes placed sixth (4:49.97) and senior Linsey Smith was seventh (4:51.08).

Junior Katrina Rundhaug placed fourth in 5,000 in 16:15.03. Senior Maggie Grabow was eighth in the event in 16:39.83. In the 3,000, Rundhaug was sixth (9:27.76) and Grabow was seventh (9:30.60).

UW placed fourth in he distance medley relay (11:46.72).

Junior Venus Washington placed fifth in the long jump in 19-4 and freshman Chavon Robinson was fifth in the triple jump in 40-4.

In the pentathlon, junior Melissa Talbot placed third (3,950 points) and sophomore Lindsey Biel was eighth (3,548).

Women's hockey: Badgers prevail 1-0

The No. 3 Wisconsin women's hockey team shut out Ohio State 1-0 Saturday in Columbus, completing a weekend shutout sweep of the Buckeyes and ending their regular season with a 29-4-1 overall record, the best record in school history.

Junior defender Meaghan Mikkelson scored the lone goal 2:38 into the game. Wisconsin, which again set a school record with its 29 overall wins and 24-3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association record, held that 1-0 lead for the next 57:22.

Badger redshirt freshman netminder Jessie Vetter stopped all 10 shots that came her way, while OSU netminder Erika Vanderveer made 29 saves and gave up one goal.

Wisconsin hosts North Dakota March 3-5 in a best-of-three series to open the WCHA Tournament. The winner of the series heads to Minneapolis for the semifinal and championship games March 11-12.

Men's swimming: Badgers seventh at Big Tens

The Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team placed seventh while earning nine NCAA provisional marks at the Big Ten Championships, held Feb.23-25 in Bloomington, Ind. The Badgers finished with 214 points, while host Indiana swam away with the championship with 760.5 points.

In addition to the nine provisional qualifiers, the Badgers finished in the top five in three events.

Badger junior Tom Molzahn led the way with a fifth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle on Friday, earning an NCAA B time of 4:22.71, which was also a personal best. He also competed on the 200-yard freestyle relay team, which placed fifth in an NCAA provisional time of 1:20.11, and was part of the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third in an NCAA "B" time of 6:34.75. He provisionally qualified for the NCAAs in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing eighth in 1:37.50 and helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a NCAA "B" time of 2:58.39 and a sixth-place finish.

Other Badgers who earned NCAA provisional marks include: freshman Kyle Sorenson (200 free relay; 50-yard freestyle in 20.31 for seventh; 200-yard medley relay in 1:29.25 for sixth; 400 free relay); sophomore Dan Rowlands (200 free relay); sophomore Tommy Gregory (400-yard medley relay in 3:17.15 for eighth; 200 medley relay); freshman Michael Desautels (200 free relay; 400 medley relay; 50 free in 20.89 for 16th; 800 free relay; 400 free relay); freshman Eric Johnson (400 medley relay; 200 medley relay); freshman Scott Rice (400 medley relay; 200 IM in 1:49.56 for 14th; 800 free relay; 200 medley relay; 400 free relay); and sophomore Mike Swanson (800 free relay).

The diving team did not qualify anyone in the top 16 of the 1-meter or 3-meter boards or the platform but freshman diver Kelly Todd placed 17th in the preliminaries of the 3-meter board with 273.55 points. Sophomore Justin Bonner placed 18th in the preliminaries of the platform with 253.55 points.

The NCAA Championships will be held March 23-25 in Atlanta.

Men's tennis: Badgers stunt Sycamores

The No. 65 Wisconsin men's tennis team shut out Indiana State Sunday afternoon, preserving its unbeaten record at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison with its 7-0 win.

Wisconsin (5-3 overall) won two of its three doubles matches (including one by default) to take the doubles point.

From there, the Badgers won all six singles matches, one of which was by default. Wisconsin cruised to straight-set wins in four of its six matches. Junior Lachezar Kasarov defeated sophomore Rishi Behl to give Wisconsin the sweep.

Women's tennis: Badgers fall to unbeaten Notre Dame

Badger junior Caitlin Burke gave Wisconsin its sole point as No. 7 Notre Dame (9-0) knocked off the Badgers 6-1 Sunday in South Bend.

No. 28 Burke defeated No. 32 Christian Thompson 6-4, 6-4 at the top singles spot and teamed up with Nicole Beck to stop No. 29 Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft 8-7 (7-1) while playing at the top doubles.

Wisconsin (3-7) missed junior Kaylan Caiati while Notre Dame was without No. 27 Catrina Thompson, who with her twin sister Christian, formed the No. 2 doubles team in the country.

Notre Dame won the other two doubles matches to claim the doubles point and won five of six matches in singles competition.

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