Junior Chris Solinsky ran the fastest time in the 5,000 meters among college runners this season at the Oregon Invitational Friday. His time of 13 minutes, 27.94 seconds qualified him for the NCAA regionals; he was one of nine Badgers to do so. He finished second overall, behind Nike's Dathan Ritzenheim, who won in 13:25.81. Former Badger Matt Tegenkamp, now competing for Nike, placed third in the same race. Redshirt freshman Christian Wagner placed ninth in section A of the 5,000 meters in a regional qualifying time of 14:02.79. Redshirt freshman Matt Withrow won section B of the 5,000 in a regional qualifying time of 14:08.45.
Senior Simon Bairu automatically qualified for the NCAA outdoor championship in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:36.11, good for second overall; freshman Stuart Eagon (fourth in 28:47.04), junior Tim Nelson (fifth in 28:49.98) and senior Antony Ford (ninth in 29:26.66) all provisionally qualified for the NCAAs.
Senior Ben Gregory took ninth overall in the 1,500 meters in 3:46.65, another regional qualifying time. Junior Codie See won section B of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:03.25, a regional qualifying time.
Also competing at the Oregon Invitational, senior Ben Roland placed second in the decathlon Friday, after leading after the first day. He finished with 6,990 points, while freshman Brennan Boettcher placed fourth with a personal-best 6,639 points. Roland won the long jump (22 feet, 2 ½ inches) and took second in the shot put (43-2 ½), 400 meters (50.51 seconds) and the javelin (167-1).
Boettcher won the pole vault (13 feet, 11 ¾ inches) and the high jump (6-7), finished second in the 1,500 meters (4:41.74) and placed third in the 400 meters (51.73).
The Badgers also competed at the University of Northern Iowa Twilight Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, winning seven events.
Senior Rick Bellford won the triple jump at 48 feet, 11 ½ inches and competed with the winning 400-meter relay team, which won in 41.97 seconds. Bellford also placed second in the 100-meter dash in 10.70 seconds.
Other event winners include: senior Alonzo Moore (long jump, 23-3 ¼); junior Nathan Brown (javelin, 190-0); junior Mike Sracic (hammer, 167-0); sophomore Eric Hatchell (800 meters, 1:54.10); and redshirt freshman Ryan Gasper (1,500 meters, 3:58.30).
Second-place finishers include: Sracic (discus, 145-7); freshman James Groce in the 400 meters (48.88); freshman Joe Pierre in the 800 meters (1:54.53); senior Paul Check in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.53); junior Zach McCollum in the high jump (6-9 ¾); sophomore Derek Thiel and junior Joe Detmer, who tied for second in the pole vault at 15-1; and the 1,600 relay team, which crossed in 3:18.24.
Women's track: Badgers win big at UNI
Led by triple winner Shuntia Lucas, the Wisconsin women's track team, also competing at the UNI Twilight Saturday, won 15 events.
Lucas, a junior, won the 100 meters (11.84 seconds), the 200 (24.85) and the 400 relay (46.96).
Venus Washington, also a member of that 400 relay, won the long jump (19 feet, 3 ¼ inches).
In addition to Washington, freshman Amanda Hoeppner won two events, setting personal bests in both. She won the shot put (45-10 ½) and the hammer (170-8), the latter of which moved her into second on UW's all-time list.
Other winners include: sophomore Lindsey Biel (100 hurdles, 14.51); junior Erica Schoeller in the 400 (56.25); senior Tara Halls in the 800 (2:17.09); freshman Alicia Pabich in the 1500 (4:36.37); freshman Sarah Hurley in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:12.10); freshman Megan Seidl in the high jump (5-7 ¾); sophomore Blair Luethmers in the pole vault (12-5 ½); freshman Amy Lewis in the javelin (119-0); and the 1,600 relay team (3:57.00).