March 1, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- Elliot Krause was not about to let his last chance to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships slip away without a fight.
The senior had all the fight he needed Friday at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational, finishing second in a career-best time of 13:41.98 in the 5000 meters.
The effort shaved 12 seconds off Krause’s previous personal record. More importantly, the time moved him from 22nd to 11th nationally in the event, making him a safe bet to qualify for the NCAA indoor championships next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.
No longer relying on predetermined times or marks to determine participants, the NCAA now takes the top 16 athletes in each event to the championships.
Krause has likely done enough to join that sweet 16 when the dust settles Sunday and qualifiers are announced.
The mark ranks as the eighth-fastest 5000 meters time in school history and ranks Krause No. 6 on the Badgers’ list. He also now ranks third on the Big Ten’s seasonal list behind teammates Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed. All three are headed to Fayetteville.
UW’s distance medley relay team -- the quartet of Austin Mudd, Tyler Woloszyk, Zach Mellon and Alex Hatz -- was not as fortunate. Despite posting the second-fastest time in school history at 9:31.43, the Badgers will likely fall just short in an event that went crazy inside Notre Dame’s Loftus Center.
Wisconsin placed 13th in Friday’s race, which completely set the field for next week’s NCAA championships. Unofficially, the Badgers are now No. 13 nationally, with the top 12 relays qualifying for the NCAA meet.
Texas, which entered the day ranked No. 1 in the event, wasn’t even safe from the mayhem in South Bend. After electing to sit on their season-best time and not compete on “last-chance weekend,” the Longhorns were passed by the top 14 finishers at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
Going into the day, UW’s distance medley relay sat in a tie for seventh in the nation. Despite shaving almost nine seconds off their season-best time, the Badgers’ effort likely will fall agonizingly short. And the difference is slim. Virginia, which finished 12th, clocked in at 9:31.23 – leaving two tenths of a second from a ticket to Arkansas.
The Badgers’ last chance to add NCAA qualifiers comes on the final day of the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday. UW’s 4x400 relay team, consisting of Garret Payne, Woloszyk, Babatunde Awosika and Drew Simmons, will attempt to improve on its season-best mark of 3:10.58.
Mudd and Hatz, fresh off their contributions in the DMR, are both entered to compete in the mile, as well.
In Madison, the Badgers hosted their final meet of the indoor season, the Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier, at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.
Sophomore Matt Widule won the 60 hurdles in a season-best time of 8.08 seconds, narrowly missing his personal record of 8.05 seconds.
Redshirt freshman Will Ottow also ran well, winning the 800 meters in a personal-best 1:53.98.