April 6, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – Behind victories from James Stecker and Matt Widule, the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team wrapped up a successful weekend at the Rex Foster Invitational in Whitewater, Wis. on Sunday.
Stecker, a sophomore, made his outdoor debut and won the 100 meters in 10.76 seconds after finishing second in the preliminary round with a personal-record time of 10.71. UW finished 1-2-3 in the event, as sophomore Brandon Kappel placed runner-up in a personal-best 10.94, while freshman Justin Rabon made his outdoor collegiate debut and was third in 10.99.
The other first-place performance of the day came from Widule. The junior won both the preliminary round (14.85) and the finals (14.68). Teammates Zach Reitzug finished second overall in a personal record 14.94, while freshman Shawn Michels also set a personal best and placed fourth (15.42),
Stecker and Rabon were back on the track for the 200 meters, where the duo finished third (21.97) and fourth (22.16), respectively.
In the 400 hurdles, Reitzug earned a runner-up finish, crossing the line in 54.50, almost two seconds faster than his previous best. Freshman Amin Tmimi made his collegiate debut, finishing in 56.87, good for fifth place.
The quartet of Brandon Kappel, Widule, Rabon and Stecker competed in the 4x100 relay, completing the lap around the track in 42.04 to finish second.
Off the track, a pair of Badgers participated in the throwing events. Sophomore Brad Bernarde demolished his personal record in the shot put by over two feet, placing sixth with a heave of 49 feet, 1 inch. In the discus, junior Andrew Bartsch earned fifth-place performance with a throw of 146-3.
As a team, UW finished fifth with 80 team points. Wisconsin-Stevens Point won with 186 points, followed by Wisconsin-Whitewater (151), Michigan Tech (140.50), and Wisconsin Oshkosh (131.50).