Heading to Hayward: UW Women

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A look at the Wisconsin women's track and field teams' qualifiers for next week's 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are set for June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

The rankings and seed times listed below reflect an athlete's qualifying mark from last week's NCAA Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, except for heptathlon scores, which are based on season-best performances.

2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships Entries (3 athletes, 3 events, 3 entries)

- High Jump: Megan Seidl (2nd, 5-11 1/4 (1.81m))
- Pole Vault: Jenny Soceka (4th, 13-9 1/4 (4.20m))
- Heptathlon: Dorcas Akinniyi (7th, 5584 pts.)

Entries Breakdown
- First-Time NCAA Outdoor Qualifiers (1): Akinniyi
- Prior All-Americans (1): Soceka (outdoor pole vault: 7th, 2008)
- By Class: Redshirt Freshman - 1 (Akinniyi); Senior - 2 (Seidl, Soceka) 

Notes
- Soceka returns to the NCAA outdoor championships after redshirting the 2009 season. The senior earned All-America honors in her previous NCAA appearance, finishing seventh in the pole vault at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

- Soceka is the lone UW athlete to ever score an All-America finish in the pole vault and stands as the Badgers' school record-holder in the event, both indoors and outdoors. Her outdoor school record stands at 13 feet, 11 3/4 inches (4.25m).

- Seidl also is a returning NCAA qualifier who comes off a redshirt season in 2009. The senior finished in a tie for 23rd at the 2008 national meet in Des Moines. Seidl also qualified for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships in March, where she finished 17th.

- Seidl looks to become just the third Badger to earn All-America honors in the high jump, a distinction held by Cheri Essmann (1982) and Camille Williams (1995, 96).

- During in the indoor season, Seidl broke Williams' 13-year-old indoor school record by leaping 6-0 3/4. By achieving that height again in Eugene, Seidl could match Williams' outdoor standard, as well. Williams cleared 6-0 3/4 in 1996, with Seidl's career-best height of 5-11 1/4 good for second on the Badgers' all-time list in the event.

- Akinniyi, who redshirted her first outdoor season in 2009, makes her NCAA outdoor championships debut after qualifying for the NCAA indoor championships in the pentathlon in both 2009 and 2010. The redshirt freshman swept the Big Ten indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon titles this season and was an All-American indoors with her seventh-place finish in the pentathlon at the NCAA championships.

- Only two UW athletes have earned All-America honors in the heptathlon, with Andrea Geurtsen the last to do so with her seventh-place finish in 2000. Kathy Borgwarth also was third in the event in 1982.

- Akinniyi also could become the first Badger to earn All-America distinction in both the heptathlon and indoor pentathlon. Besides Akinniyi's seventh-place finish in the pentathlon this season, Melissa Talbot's third-place showing in 2007 is the only other All-America performance for the Badgers in the pentathlon.

- In addition, Akinniyi has the opportunity to become the Badgers' first indoor and outdoor All-American in the same season since 2008, when Katrina Rundhaug finished fifth indoors in the 5,000 meters and fifth outdoors in the 10,000 meters.