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Solinsky defends 3,000-meter title, men's track seventh; women's hockey prevails in WCHA semifinal

Men's track: Solinsky 3,000-meter king, Badgers finish seventh

Junior distance runner Chris Solinsky won his second consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship in the 3,000 meters and placed third in the 5,000 meters as the men's track and field team finished seventh with 22 points at the NCAA Championships at the University of Arkansas, which won its 19th indoor team championship.

The Wisconsin women's team, which sent three competitors, finished tied for 51st place with two points.

On Saturday, Solinsky finished the 3,000 in seven minutes, 59.68 seconds, almost five seconds ahead of Arizona's Robert Cheseret, who took second. Arkansas' Josphat Boit, who won the 5,000 Friday, took third in the 3,000. Solinsky took third in the 5,000 in 13:52.47, three seconds behind Boit.

Solinsky is the first Badger to win back-to-back national championships since 1971.

Badger junior Tim Nelson took 11th in the 5,000 in 14:14.16 and redshirt freshman Stuart Eagon finished right behind him in 12th in 14:14.43. In addition to Solinsky, Nelson and Eagon earned All-American honors.

Junior sprinter Demi Omole took third in the 60-meter dash in 6.64 seconds. Heading into the championship Omole was seeded third with a season-best time of 6.62 seconds. Baylor freshman Jacob Norman won the race in 6.56 seconds.

Senior Alonzo Moore placed 10th in the triple jump with a best mark of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Arkansas senior Jannus Uudmae won the event with a mark that bested Moore's by three inches.

The men's distance medley relay team finished 11th in 9:55.08; Solinsky, who qualified for the NCAAs as a member of that team, was taken out of the lineup prior to the race. The team consisted of sophomore Ben Porter, junior Chad Melotte, freshman Joe Pierre and senior Ben Gregory, who narrowly missed qualifying for the open mile Friday.

For the women, junior Katrina Rundhaug placed seventh in the 5,000 meters in 16:08.46, a personal best, to give the Badgers two points and earn All-America honors for herself. Senior Maggie Grabow took 16th in the same event in 17:08.31 after being added to the competition at the last minute.

On Saturday, junior Melissa Talbot finished the pentathlon in 15th place with 3,897 points, including a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:20.18.

Women's hockey: Kenyon scores four in big Badger win

Senior Cyndy Kenyon lit the lamp four times and junior forward Sara Bauer notched a goal and four assists in helping Wisconsin to a 9-0 win over St. Cloud State in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Wisconsin (32-4-1) goes on to face Minnesota Sunday in what will be a rematch of last year's championship game, which the Gophers (27-9-1) won 3-2 in overtime.

In addition to Kenyon's four goals and Bauer's five-point night, junior defender Meaghan Mikkelson notched three assists and freshman forward Angie Keseley had two.

Wisconsin's other four goals were scored by freshman forward Tia Hanson, freshman forward Erika Lawler, sophomore defender Emily Morris and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar; the latter two also notched an assist each on two of Kenyon's goals.

The Huskies (18-18-1) got 22 minutes from netminder Lauri St. Jacques in net before opting to play Kendall Newell instead. St. Jacques stopped 15 shots but also gave up five goals, while Newell made 20 saves and let in four goals. In her third shutout of the season, Badger redshirt freshman goalie Jessie Vetter stopped all 21 shots she faced. Wisconsin outshot St. Cloud State 44-21 and finished 1-for-4 on the power play.

Kenyon became just the second Badger in school history to score four goals in a night. That feat was also accomplished by former forward Meghan Hunter Jan. 26, 2002, against Boston College.

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