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Wisconsin track program heads to Twilight

first_imgBoth the Badgers men’s and women’s track and field teams will be traveling to Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend to compete in the University of Northern Iowa Twilight at the Mark Messersmith outdoor track complex.While the meet will still abide to NCAA rules, no score will be kept so it will serve as more of a tune-up meet for the Badgers as the Big Ten Outdoor Championships are less than a month away.With some weaker teams from across the Midwest such as North Dakota State, Iowa State, Coe College, Bradley University and the host, Northern Iowa, the UW track teams should be able to post a successful weekend, though focusing on individual improvement and posting NCAA qualifying marks will be their main objective for the meet.For the men, only the sprinters and fielders will be competing at the UNI twilight after a week off as the distance runners competed in the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays this past weekend.In Walnut, California, the Badgers picked up five NCAA qualifying marks at the Mt. SAC Relays. In the 1500-meter event, Chris Solinsky, Josh Spiker, and Ben Gregory all posted qualifying marks by finishing third, 25th and 28th, respectively. Junior Simon Bairu finished 12th overall (sixth amongst collegians) in the 5000 meters event and sophomore Codie See finished seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase, both earning NCAA qualifying marks.After a victorious past weekend, the distance runners will have this weekend off as the sprinters and fielders compete at the UNI Twilight.Despite a third-place finish at NCAAs in the indoor season, Ed Nuttycombe’s squad is currently ranked ninth in the nation. Much of the distance squad is carrying the team in the rankings, but this weekend, the rest of the team will try to get back on track to prime themselves for conference and national competition.Junior Alonzo Moore is currently ranked fourth in the triple jump, but will only be competing in the long jump this weekend as he gets back into outdoor shape and continues to try and improve his jumping technique. Fellow junior Rick Bellford, an All-American a year ago in the triple jump, will also be competing in the long jump event alongside Moore.In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Demi Omole is currently ranked fifth after a rather disappointing indoor season. Omole, a strong favorite to win the 60-meter event, endured a hamstring injury at Big Ten Indoor Championships and it still affected him at Indoor Nationals, although he managed to finish fourth. Omole will be seeking to rebound from his hamstring injury as he competes in the 100-meter dash this weekend along with senior Jvontai Hanserd and junior Dan Goesch.For the women’s team, head coach Jim Stinzi will simply try to improve upon a disappointing eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.In his first season, Stinzi is already enjoying better success in the outdoor season than this past indoor season. Five of his team members have already posted NCAA qualifying marks in Katrina Rundhaug (10,000 meters), Courtney Bauer (shot put), Michelle Bellford (triple jump), ‘A Havahla Haynes (steeplechase) and Shunita Lucas (200 meters).The women, too, are returning from action at the Mt. SAC Relays. While it isn’t as prestigious an event as it is for men’s distance, the Badger women placed at the top of many of their events.Sophomore Shunita Lucas posted her NCAA qualifying mark in the 200 meters event with an eighth-place finish of 23.83, her best of the season. Fellow sophomore Michelle Bellford finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7 3/4 and freshman Kayla Schultz placed in the shot put at 42-5 1/2.Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be looking to get back into outdoor shape with this weekend’s UNI Twilight as Conference and National championships are steadily approaching for head coaches Ed Nuttycombe and Jim Stinzi.last_img read more

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