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Heading to Hayward: UW Men


A look at the Wisconsin men'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 decathlon scores, which are based on season-best performances.

2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships Entries (9 athletes, 5 events, 6 entries)
- 800 Meters: Luke Rucks (24th, 1:49.84)
- 1500 Meters: Jack Bolas (2nd, 3:38.47); Craig Miller (17th, 3:46.32)
- 10,000 Meters: Mohammed Ahmed (5th, 29:38.85)
- 4x400-Meter Relay: Kyle Jefferson, James Groce, Grant Bughman, Gavin Robertson (22nd, 3:07.30)
- Decathlon: David Grzesiak (22nd, 7364 pts.)

Entries Breakdown
- First-Time Qualifiers (6): Rucks, Ahmed, Jefferson, Bughman, Robertson, Grzesiak
- Prior All-Americans (2): Miller (7-time All-American), Bolas (3-time All-American)
- By Class: Freshman - 2 (Ahmed, Robertson); Sophomore - 3 (Bughman, Jefferson, Grzesiak); Junior - 1 (Rucks); Senior - 3 (Bolas, Miller, Groce)

- Since Mike Raemisch scored a runner-up finish at the 1992 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Badgers have had just one All-American in the 800 meters. That came in 2002, when Dan Murray finished eighth. Rucks has an opportunity to add to the list after advancing to the NCAA championships despite not qualifying for the 800 meters final at the Big Ten championships.

- Miller seeks his eighth All-America honor, which would rank him No. 2 all-time at Wisconsin. With seven All-America citations, he is currently tied with Matt Tegenkamp for the second-most in school history behind Chris Solinsky's 11 career awards.

- If Miller can score an All-America finish, it would give him at least one All-America award in each of the eight NCAA championships events for which he was eligible in his four-year career. It's a feat few can claim to have accomplished, although Suzy Favor (1987-1990) and Amy Wickus (1992-1995) both did so for the UW women's program.

- Miller seeks a fourth-consecutive All-America award in the outdoor 1,500 meters, as well. He was 12th as a freshman in 2007, fourth as a sophomore in 2008 and ninth as a junior in 2009.

- Bolas looks for his first All-America award since finishing third in the 1,500 meters at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. He enters the meet ranked No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 6 in the U.S. this season.

- Don Gehrmann remains the lone UW athlete to score a national title in the 1,500 meters, when he ran a 3:53.30 to take the crown in 1948. Since then, Tim Hacker's runner-up showing in 1985 is the Badgers' best finish. Additionally, three Badgers (Steve Lacy, 1978; Josh Spiker, 2002; Jack Bolas, 2008) have finished third in the event.

- Ahmed could join an impressive list if he could achieve All-America honors in the 10,000 meters, as a total of 15 athletes have scored 20 All-America performances in the event for the Badgers. That includes 10 All-America citations since 2000. Walter Deike, in 1952, is the Badgers' lone NCAA champion in the 10K, as he ran a 32:25.10 to capture the title in Berkeley, Calif.

- The Badgers have never earned an All-America honor in the 4x400-meter relay, with this year's quartet the first to advance to the NCAA championships since the event began in 1978. Wisconsin qualified entries in the mile relay -- the 4x400's predecessor -- in both 1973 and 1974.

- The 4x400-meter relay foursome of Jefferson, Groce, Bughman and Robertson also have the opportunity to knock off the Badgers' school record of 3:06.17, set in 1993. Their time of 3:07.30 from the NCAA Preliminary Round is tied for sixth-fastest in school history, with only four relays ever cracking the 3:07 mark.

- In his first NCAA championships appearance, David Grzesiak seeks to join six former Badgers as All-Americans in the decathlon. Joe Detmer, who scored back-to-back All-America finishes by taking fourth in 2006 and earning runner-up honors in 2007, was the last to do so.