Men's track wins Big Ten Outdoors

Badgers claim third straight triple crown; women's track places ninth

Dominant just seems like too meek a word for the stranglehold the University of Wisconsin men's track and cross country programs have had on the Big Ten.

Sunday, the Badgers won their third consecutive Big Ten Outdoor Championship, scoring 97 points to finish the three-day event in East Lansing, Mich., with 161 ½. Minnesota was the runner up with 121 ½.

The outdoor title earned UW the Big Ten's triple crown (conference titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track) for the third straight academic year and the ninth time in the past 12 years.

Saturday the Badgers picked up 29 points in the decathlon. Sunday it was junior sprinter Demi Omole's turn to shine, as he was party to 28 points, winning the 100 meters (10.29 seconds) for the third straight year, placing second in the 200 (21.08) and anchoring the 400 relay team's third straight conference crown, with a season's best time of 40.28.

"I'm obviously very pleased to win," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "I think we competed very well. It ended up being a two-team meet in the end. The two teams that were the best teams rose to the top today.

"Obviously, we had some real heroes in a sense that overall in the decathlon and Demi Omole. But I think the heroes of the day were the guys that competed in the trenches and made the difference of 20 points or so back in the sixths, sevenths and eighths. It was very, very, very much a team effort."

Plenty of Badgers were in on the act Sunday. UW claimed 15 points in the 5,000, with sophomores Stuart Eagon (14:01.32), Matt Withrow (14:15.30) and Christian Wagner (14:16.08) placing second, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Junior Chris Solinsky won the 1,500 meters in 3:43.78. Senior Ben Gregory was fourth in that event in 3:47.77.

Senior Alonzo Moore won the triple jump with a season's best leap of 53-6.

Junior Nathan Brown, fresh off winning the decathlon Saturday, placed second in the javelin with a throw of 209-0.

Senior Rick Bellford, the second leg of the champion 400 relay, was sixth in the 100 in 10.68, and seventh in the triple jump at 49-9 ¼.

Junior Chad Melotte led off the 400 relay and placed seventh in the 400 (47.64).

Senior Paul Check finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (14.25), junior Nathan Probst placed seventh in the 400 hurdles (53.04), sophomore Derek Thiel placed seventh in the pole vault (15-11), senior Ben Roland placed seventh in the javelin (183-7) and junior Dan Goesch ran the third leg of the 400 relay.

The Badgers also placed fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Badger women come in ninth

The UW women's track team finished ninth in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with 48 ½ points. Minnesota won the title with 152 ½.

"I'm disappointed," UW coach Jim Stintzi said. "I think we had a better day than we've had the previous two days but it kind of shows, that if you don't get off to a good start here, it's kind of hard to dig yourself out of (that) hole. We had some good performances but all in all, we took a big step backwards from the indoor meet."

Junior Shuntia Lucas placed fourth in the 100 (11.64) and fifth in the 200 (24.29) to lead UW on Sunday's final day of competition.

In the 1,500, senior Brionne Yosten placed fourth (4:21.75) and freshman Alicia Pabich was seventh (4:25.98).

The Badgers also picked up points from junior Erica Schoeller (sixth in the 800 in 2:08.25), sophomore Kayla Schultz (fifth in discus, 149-2), junior Katrina Rundhaug (sixth in 5,000, 16:24.20), junior Michelle Bellford (sixth in triple jump, 40-3 ¼) and junior Theresa Giorno (tied for seventh in high jump, 5-5).

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