Badger Track Roundup: Two qualify

Alonzo Moore won the triple jump Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn., and Demi Omole placed second in the 100 meters. Wisconsin men's track team now has eight qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.

University of Wisconsin senior Alonzo Moore won the triple jump Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn., to advance to the NCAA Championships with a leap of 53-feet, 1 ¾ inches.

Moore was one of just two Badgers who earned automatic bids for the June 7-10 national meet by finishing in the top five in an event final Saturday. The other was junior sprinter Demi Omole, who placed second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.24 seconds. LSU's Xavier Carter won that event in 10.22.

Other competitors for the Wisconsin men's track and field team Saturday included junior Codie See (10th place in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:05.40), junior Zach McCollum (10th in the high jump at 6-9), the 1,600 relay team (Chad Melotte, James Groce, Joe Detmer and Scott Hogseth, 10th in 3:09.21), senior Ben Gregory (12th in the 1,500 in 3:59.13) and senior Nathan Brown (14th in the javelin, 184-05).

The Badgers had previously qualified six athletes for the NCAA Championships: Simon Bairu, Stuart Eagon and Tim Nelson in the 10,000, Brown and Detmer in the decathlon and Chris Solinsky in the 5,000.

For the UW women's track team, two athletes placed sixth Saturday, just outside of earning automatic berths in the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Blair Luethmers pole vaulted 12-11 3/4 , matching the height completed by the second-place finisher. But Luethmers did it on her second attempt, and also needed a second attempt at the previous height, pushing her back into a tie for sixth place. Freshman Jenny Soceka finished eighth in the pole vault at 12-6.

Junior ‘A Havahla Haynes finished sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:23.72, while junior Amanda Ganser placed 20th in 11:05.5.

Senior Brionne Yosten finished 12th in the 1,500 in 4:39.40. Junior Michelle Bellford was 12th in the triple jump at 40-4 ¼.

The UW women do have three qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, all in the 10,000: Katrina Rundhaug, Linsey Smith and Ashley Benson.

UW-La Crosse wins another outdoor NCAA Championship

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse men's track and field team won its 10th NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship under outgoing head coach Mark Guthrie Saturday. The Eagles finished with 74.5 points. Lincoln University was a distant second with 54 points and UW-Whitewater placed third with 46.

Guthrie, UW-La Crosse's men's coach since 1988, finishes his career with the Eagles with 22 NCAA team titles in indoor and outdoor track. He has accepted a position at Wisconsin as an assistant men's track and field coach, effective July 1.

"It's a different feeling with this being my last meet at UW-L," Guthrie said in a press release. "They always say you remember your first and last national titles and that's definitely true for me."

During competition this weekend in Lisle, Ill., two Eagles — Marcus Walgrave in the 110 hurdles and Matt Novak in the pole vault — won individual national titles. Guthrie completes his UW-La Crosse career having tutored 64 individual NCAA Champions.

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