Former Badger Matt Tegenkamp and junior Chris Solinsky became the first two athletes to run sub-four-minute miles in the state of Wisconsin Saturday at the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational in Madison.
The mile race, which was run on a UW outdoor track for the first time since 1973, marked the 52nd anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's "miracle mile" run, in which he became the first person anywhere to break four minutes.
Saturday, Tegenkamp, now competing for Nike, won the race in 3 minutes, 56.38 seconds, while Solinsky placed second in 3:57.80. The runners competed in near-perfect conditions, with temperatures in the low 60s and little or no wind.
The Badgers won five events at the Twilight Invitational: Junior Demi Omole won the 100-meter dash (10.51) and helped the 400 relay (40.66) to a win; freshman James Groce earned an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 47.15 seconds in the open 400; junior Codie See won the 1,500 in 3:50.61; and junior Zach McCollum took the high jump at 6 feet, 8 ¾ inches.
Several Badgers placed second including: Junior Joe Detmer (400 dash in 48.09); the 1,600 relay team (3:15.87); redshirt freshman Ryan Gasper (1,500 in 3:55.80); senior Paul Check (110-meter high hurdles in 14.40); junior Nathan Probst (400 hurdles in 52.96); senior Alonzo Moore (long jump in 23-5 ½); junior Mike Sracic (hammer throw in 179-2); and freshman Joe Pierre (800 in 1:51.76).
Former Badger Tim Keller won the 5,000 in 14:15.47. The 2005 graduate also won the Crazylegs Classic last weekend in Madison.
The Badgers next try to defend their Big Ten Outdoor Championships title; this year the meet is on the Michigan State University campus next weekend.
Women's track wins seven events
The Wisconsin women's track team won seven events at the Wisconsin Twilight Saturday, and also recorded seven second-place finishes.
Junior Shuntia Lucas won the 200 in 24.75 and anchored the 400 relay to a win in 46.57. Another member of the 400 relay team, junior Michelle Bellford, finished second in the long jump (17-9).
Sophomore Lindsey Biel won the 100 hurdles in 14.57 and finished second in the 400 hurdles, running a personal best time of 1:01.34.
Wisconsin's other event winners were freshman Marie Borner in the 1,500 (4:38.54); sophomore Emily Post in the 5,000 (17:24.07); freshman Jenny Soceka in the pole vault (12-10 ¼); and the 1,600 relay team (3:58.05).
UW's additional second-place finishers included: freshman Sarah Hurley in the 1,500 (4:38.58); freshman Christina Fiduccia in the 5,000 (18:00.11); freshman Amy Dahlin in the pole vault (11-7 ¾); sophomore Ann Detmer in the 800 (2:11.33); freshman Jessica Jeremiah in the triple jump (38-2 ¾); junior Jamae Gjermo in the shot put (46-7 ¼); and junior Danielle Ohmen and freshman Megan Seidl tied for second in the high jump at 5-5 ¼.
Softball suffers 10-2 defeat
The Wisconsin softball team held a 2-1 lead after five innings, but Iowa pounded out four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to trounce the Badgers 10-2 at Goodman Softball Complex in Madison.
UW junior pitcher Eden Brock fell to 17-13, yielding 15 hits and 10 runs, though just five were earned, in 6 1/3 innings.
Iowa pitcher Brittany Weil pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits and striking out five to improve to 27-12.
UW sophomore right fielder Katie Hnatyk went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run, her 10th of the season. She also hit her third triple of the year.
The Hawkeyes (39-18 overall, 12-6 Big Ten) were led offensively by shortstop Stacy May's 4-for-5, 4-RBI performance. Second baseman Erin Riemersma, catcher Sami Baugh, left fielder Emily Gerlick and designated player Quinn Morelock scored two runs apiece.
The Badgers fell to 21-22 overall and 5-11 in the Big Ten. With the loss, UW was eliminated from conference playoff contention. The Badgers season will end with a game Sunday at noon versus Iowa, again in Madison.