The Badgers swept the top four places in the decathlon to earn 29 points in the event, with senior Nathan Brown placing first with 7,507 points. He was followed by seniors Joe Detmer (7,195) and Ben Roland (6,964) and junior Peter Dykstra (6,788).
Either Brown or Detmer claimed first place in each decathlon event. Brown won the shot put (49-11), high jump (6-3 ½), 110 hurdles (14.88), discus (136-5) and javelin (195-7); Detmer won the 100 (11.07), long jump (22-10), 400 (48.11), pole vault (15-3) and 1,500 (4:33.83).
UW also picked up nine points in the long jump, with senior Alonzo Moore fourth in 24-1 ½ and junior Paul Hubbard fifth in 23-10.
Junior Codie See placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best time of 8:55.08, which improves his NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Junior Zach McCollum placed third in the high jump at 6-10 ¼.
The Badgers lead all Big Ten teams with 12 qualifiers for Sunday's finals; four of those 12 qualified for the 1,500 meter finals: junior Chris Solinsky, senior Ben Gregory, junior Ben Porter and senior Bobby Lockhart. Junior Demi Omole anchored the 400-meter relay, which qualified for the finals. He also individually qualified for the 200 and 100, despite cramping up during the 100 trials. Senior Rick Bellford also qualified for the 100. Senior Paul Check (110 hurdles), junior Nathan Probst (400 hurdles), junior Chad Melotte (400) and sophomore Eric Hatchell (800) also qualified.
Minnesota has eight qualifiers for Sunday's finals.
Trials and finals for the triple jump, pole vault, shot put and javelin take place Sunday. Two events without trials—the 5,000 and the 1,600 relay—also have finals on Sunday's final day of competition.
The Badger women are in seventh place after day two with 18 ½ points, after finishing ninth or 10th in three finals, just outside of a scoring place.
Sophomore Lindsey Biel finished third in the heptathlon with 4,980 points; she won the heptathlon 800 in a personal best 2:24.48. Classmate Julia Benson placed eighth in the heptathlon with 4,529 points. Both Badgers recorded personal bests in point totals.
Junior Amanda Ganser placed eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:37.14 and junior ‘A Havahla Haynes took ninth in 10:44.34.
Freshman Amy Lewis placed ninth in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 125-0, while freshman Amanda Hoeppner took 10th in the shot put at 440-10 ¾.
Wisconsin will have five athletes compete in Sunday's finals: junior Erica Schoeller (800), sophomore Ann Detmer (800), senior Brionne Yosten (1,500), freshman Alicia Pabich (1,500), and junior Shuntia Lucas (100 and 200).
Women's openweight rowing: Badgers send all five boats to finals
After the women's openweight rowing team struggled at the Big Ten Championships, all five Badger boats advanced to the finals at the NCAA Central/South Regional at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Wisconsin, ranked No. 20, was the only school to get all of its boats into the grand final on Sunday.
"We had a great day today," head coach Bebe Bryans said. "It was really a great team effort. Every single boat performed to their highest capability and did it in the best Wisconsin style."
UW's varsity eight boat won its semifinal heat in 6:40.8 after making an adjustment to the lineup the night before due to an injury. The Badgers' second varsity eight boat also won its semifinal heat in 6:50.36 to make it to the grand finals. The varsity four boat finished third, while the open four boat placed second. The novice eight boat won its heat to advance directly to the grand final.