The University of Wisconsin men's track and field team is tied for first place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., after three Badgers completed scoring performances Thursday, the second day of the four-day competition.
Senior Simon Bairu finished third in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28 minutes 43.37 seconds to contribute six points to the Badgers' tally. Bairu, a two-time NCAA Champion in cross country, matched his best finish in indoor or outdoor track, having also placed third in the 10,000 at the NCAA Outdoors two years ago.
Junior Tim Nelson, who placed eighth in the 10,000 last year, finished sixth Thursday in 28:50.34. Freshman Stuart Eagon was ninth (29:16.25), just outside of scoring position, but good enough for his first All-American honor in track.
The Badgers also picked up a scoring performance from junior Joe Detmer in the decathlon. Detmer placed fourth with a personal-best 7,565 points to contribute five points to UW's team total. He ran a personal-best 4:11.71 to win the decathlon 1,500 and leap from sixth to fourth in the final event of the competition. In Thursday's decathlon events, he also was fifth in the pole vault (15-1), 10th in the javelin (170-8), 19th in the discus (111-3) and 19th in the 110 hurdles (15.53).
The Badgers have three more athletes competing this weekend, all of whom are among the favorites for individual national titles. Thursday, junior Demi Omole won his preliminary heat in the 100 in 10.29 seconds and won his semifinal heat in 10.14. He had the second-fastest qualifying time, behind Clemson freshman Travis Padgett's 10.13, heading into Saturday's final. Junior Chris Solinsky will compete in the 5,000 finals tonight and senior Alonzo Moore will compete in the qualifying round of the triple jump today.
On the women's side, junior Katrina Rundhaug finished ninth in the 10,000, just outside of a scoring place. She finished in 34:13.20 and earned All-American honors in the event for the second consecutive year.
Senior Brionne Yosten finished ninth in her heat and 20th overall in the preliminaries of the 1,500 (4:23.63) and did not advance to the finals.
Badger hockey players selected for evaluation camp
Three Badgers — sophomore forward Jack Skille and freshmen-to-be forward Blake Geoffrion and defenseman Jamie McBain — are among 45 players chosen to take part in the 2006 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will take place August 5-14 and be used to select the U.S. team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Sweden.
In his freshman year, Skille was third at UW in goals (13) and seventh in points (21) in 41 games.
In 55 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, McBain had nine goals and 21 assists. Geoffrion had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 54 games for NTDP.