University of Wisconsin junior Joe Detmer is in third place after the first day of the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The Lodi, Wis., native recorded personal bests in two events yesterday to total 3,929 points after five events. He trails only defending champion Trey Hardee of Texas (4,311) and Arizona's Jake Arnold (3,973).
Detmer wrapped up the first day of competition by winning the decathlon 400 meters in a personal-best time of 47.28 seconds. Detmer placed fifth in the long jump in a personal-best of 23 feet, two inches, fourth in the 100 (11.24), tied for 10th in the high jump (6-3 ½) and 16th in the shot put at 40-0.
Junior Nathan Brown, the Big Ten champion in the decathlon, sits in 23rd place with 3,049 points after failing to clear a height and receiving zero points in the high jump.
Brown finished second in the shot put at 48-1 ¼ and was 12th in the long jump at 22-0 ¾. He also placed 20th in the 100 (11.48) and 17th in the 400, running a personal-best time of 50.86.
In the only other event for the Badger men, junior Chris Solinsky advanced to Friday's finals of the 5,000 meters. He finished fourth in his heat and had the fourth-fastest time overall (13:56.93) yesterday.
Solinsky ran in the second and faster of two heats, with the top 10 finishers from that heat advancing. Shadrack Songok of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the heat in 13:55.32 for the fastest qualifying time. Richard Kiplagat of Iona won the first heat in 14:02.21.
On the women's side, junior ‘A Havahla Haynes placed ninth in her heat and 17th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:22.81) and did not qualify for Friday's final.
Moore named regional athlete of the year
Senior Alonzo Moore has been named the Great Lakes Regional Men's Field Event Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Moore won the Big Ten Conference outdoor title in the triple jump with a leap of 53 feet, 6 ¼ inches. He also finished fourth in the long jump at 24-1 ½.
At the NCAA Mideast Regional, Moore won the triple jump at 52-1 ¾ and placed 12th in the long jump with an outdoor personal best of 24-3 ¾. He is ranked second in the nation in the triple jump heading into this weekend's competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Big Ten announces top sportsmanship honorees
The Big Ten Conference awarded two top sportsmanship honorees for each member institution yesterday. Wisconsin's representatives are women's golfer Lindsay McMillan and wrestler Tyler Turner.
Rower is second-team All-American
Badger senior Kirby Gallie has been awarded second-team All-American honors by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Gallie, a 2006 second-team All-Big Ten and 2006 CRCA first-team All-Central Region rower, was part of the UW's varsity eight that placed 16th at the 2006 NCAA Rowing Championships and fourth at the NCAA Central/South Regional.