It feels like just yesterday that assistant coach Mark Guthrie and I made this drive, but here we are on the road again.
Coach Guthrie and I made the nearly 12-hour trek from Madison to Fayetteville, Ark., for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships last June, and we're retracing our steps again today en route to this weekend's 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.
This time, however, we're joined by men's volunteer assistant coach Tom Peterson and athletic trainer Chuck Hart for the journey.
Both the Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams are dividing their resources this weekend in hopes of adding to their list of qualifiers for next week's NCAA Indoor Championships.
A number of Badgers will compete at UW-Whitewater's Karl Schlender Last Chance, largely for the reason of getting another competition under their belts to avoid going a month without racing. The Big Ten Indoor Championships concluded on Feb. 28, and the Badgers don't get the outdoor season going in earnest until the Florida State Relays on March 26.
Those with the best chance of earning a spot in the NCAA championships -- you know, "on the bubble" -- are set to compete either at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., or the Iowa State Last Chance in Ames, Iowa.
The Wisconsin men's track and field team may have settled for a third-place finish at last weekend's Big Ten indoor championships, but the Badgers can take solace in the fact that they've vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the latest regional rankings.
UW moved to the top of the order in the Great Lakes Region, according to the latest version of the USTFCCCA Regional Team Index released Tuesday.
The 5,000 meters is underway with Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed, Landon Peacock and Maverick Darling swapping the lead through the early laps.
A few notes from the day so far:
- Luke Rucks took second in the 800 meters with a fantastic run and finished in 1:51.38
- Despite having his starting block slip, Nate Larkin ran 7.98 to finish runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles
- Running out of the first heat, Zach Beth took third in the 600 meters with a run of 1:18.22
- Seniors Craig Miller and Jack Bolas finished third and fourth in the mile
- Kyle Jefferson took fifth in the 200 meters, with freshman Gavin
- David Grzesiak moved up to finish seventh in the heptathlon with a score of 5,265 points
Check back to UWBadgers.com for a complete recap.