UW Health Sports Medicine 

Strong summer continues for Badgers

The summer continues to heat up for a number of athletes with ties to the Wisconsin men's and women's track programs.

• Incoming freshman Emily Sisson opened the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships with a 10th-place finish in the 3,000 meters Monday. Her impressive time of 9:16.80 ranks No. 8 on the all-time list for high school athletes, according to Track & Field News.

To put that mark in perspective, Sisson's time would rank No. 9 on Wisconsin's all-time list. Consider the names of Badgers who have run faster and you get a list that reads like a who's-who of UW -- and collegiate track -- history:

1. Kathy Butler (8:48.61); 2. Cathy Branta (8:49.64); 3. Clare Eichner (9:03.06); 4. Mary Hartzheim; 5. Maureen Hartzheim (9:05.37); 6. Stephanie Herbst (9:08.64); 7. Suzy Favor (9:12.33); 8. Cindy Bremser (9:13.4); 9. Kelly McKillen (9:16.48).

That group -- which includes three Olympians -- accounts for a combined 64 individual Big Ten championships, 45 All-America awards and 24 individual NCAA titles.

Sisson won the U.S. junior title in the 3,000 meters last month to earn her spot on Team USA.

• Senior Jenny Soceka, who completed her collegiate eligibility with an All-America performance at the NCAA championships in June, has not slowed down since.

So far this summer, Soceka has set a Big Ten record in the pole vault by clearing 14-3 1/2 (4.35m), competed at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships and, most recently, finished third at the 2010 Grand Haven Beach Vault last weekend in Grand Haven, Mich.

Soceka cleared 14-0 (4.26m) to match runner-up Mary Saxer, who took the second spot on the criteria of misses. Reigning NCAA champion Kylie Hutson won with a clearance of 14-6.

• On the men's side of the Beach Vault competition, UW volunteer assistant coach Joe Samaniuk cleared 17-5 (5.30m) to finish fifth.

• Across the pond, the duo of Jack Bolas and Craig Miller continue their initial European tour as professionals. Both signed with New Balance following the USA outdoor championships in June, where Bolas finished seventh in the 1,500 meters.

After getting off to a fast start in their first two professional races, the pair ran an elite 1,500 meters race as part of the Folksam Grand Prix stop in Karlstad, Sweden, on July 15.

Bolas led the charge by finishing sixth in 3:39.26, with Miller registering a season-best time of 3:40.16 to take ninth place. The pair were among five Americans in the field, including winner David Torrence, who clocked a 3:37.73 to take the top spot.

Both Bolas and Miller are expected to race Wednesday at the Morton Mile Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The duo will represent two of the seven athletes confirmed for the event that have gone below the 4-minute threshold.