Junior Joe Detmer won the decathlon at the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla., over the weekend, posting a score of 7,036 over two days. Detmer won the 400 meters (48.17 seconds), 1,500 meters (4:14.44) and the pole vault (14 feet, 11 1/8 inches) and placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.49) and 100 meters (11.29) and third in the javelin (156-2).
Four other Badgers competed in the decathlon and all finished in the top seven: junior Nathan Brown (second with 6,930 points), senior Ben Roland (third with 6,700), sophomore Peter Dykstra (sixth with 6,520) and freshman Brennan Boettcher (seventh with 6,120). Brown won the javelin with a throw of 183-3 1/4, and placed first in the discus with a throw of 139-7 1/4.
In addition to Detmer, sophomore Derek Thiel won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15-7, while senior Alonzo Moore won the long jump in 23-3 ½. Wisconsin dominated in the long jump, with junior Paul Hubbard placed second with a jump of 22-11 1/8, and senior Rick Bellford took third in 22-4 ½.
Wisconsin also got top-five finishes from Chad Melotte (second in the 200-meter dash in 21.80), the 400-meter relay team of Bellford, junior Dan Goesch, Hubbard and Melotte (second in 40.31), senior Scott Hogseth (third in the 400 meters in 48.79), and freshman James Groce (fourth in the 400 meters in 48.83).
For the Wisconsin women, junior Erica Schoeller placed third in the 800 meters in 2:11.35, and sophomore Christina Fiduccia grabbed third in the 3,000 meters in 10:17.70. junior Danielle Ohmen placed third in the high jump with a best mark of 5-5.
Softball: Badgers finish undefeated at the Capital Classic
The Wisconsin softball team competed at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., over its spring break, finishing 4-0 to improve its season record to 11-10.
Freshman left fielder Valyncia Raphael led the Badgers with six runs batted in and also had two runs and two hits; three of her RBI came when she hit her first career home run against Southern Utah. Junior centerfielder Samantha Polito had five runs, six hits and an RBI, while sophomore catcher Joey Daniels had three runs, six hits and four RBIs.
Junior pitcher Eden Brock picked up three wins, striking out 10 and giving up 12 hits and five earned runs while walking just two in 14 1/3 innings. Freshman Theresa Boruta was credited with the win against Miami, striking out two, giving up one hit and walking one in four innings.
The Badgers' contest against Sacramento State, scheduled for Friday, was cancelled due to inclement weather and wet fields.
Prior to the Capital Classic, the Badgers split a doubleheader Wednesday against Utah State, dropping the first contest 2-1 but bouncing back to win 3-0. The doubleheader was also held in Sacramento.