It was a record-breaking day for the second-ranked Wisconsin mens track and field team. The Badgers won their seventh straight Big Ten Conference indoor championship with 120 points, tying a league record for consecutive indoor titles. Wisconsin tied a mark held by Michigan from 1934-40.
The win was also the 22nd title for UW coach Ed Nuttycombe, tying him for the most track and field titles ever won by a Big Ten coach. Nuttycombe is also only one win away from the all-time Big Ten record of 23 championships won by Indiana mens swimming coach James Counsilman from 1958-90.
I think we came with the expectation that we were one of the dominant teams and we were the defending champion, said Nuttycombe of his team. I think we set the tempo early with some good early performances and got some of the teams back on their heels. We just kept pouring it on. We had a good first day and we knew that we just kept the pressure on the second day, wed be okay.
The Badgers, who added two more individual titles on the second day of the meet, recorded a 27-point win over second-place Minnesota. Michigan finished third with 89 points.
Senior Demi Omole defended his Big Ten title in the 60-meter dash, setting a meet record of 6.63 in the final. The Milwaukee native also came back to finish fourth in the 200-meter dash, crossing in 21.59.
It was good to win the title my senior year and put the record away, said Omole of his 60-meter dash performance.
Wisconsin scored three places in heptathlon behind individual champion Joe Detmer. The Lodi, Wis., native totaled 5,360 points for the win. Sophomore Seth Pelock turned in a personal best performance, finishing fourth with 5,146 points while junior Peter Dykstra took seventh with 5,015 points, which was also a personal best. Sophomore Brennan Boettcher just missed scoring, finishing 10th with a personal best 4,811 points.
Pelock won the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles in 8.40 and finished fifth in the heptathlon 1,000 meters in a personal best time of 2:45.15. Detmer finished third in the heptathlon pole vault, clearing a personal best of 15-5. Dykstra tied his personal best in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-1 to tie for fifth.
Its not too different from taking second place to a Wisconsin guy, Detmer said of his title after finishing second to teammate Nathan Brown in the 2006 Big Ten outdoor decathlon. Its nice to be on the top of the podium but its nicer to get points for the team.
Detmer also came back less than an hour after finishing the heptathlon 1,000-meter run to finish third in the 600 meters. He ran a seasons best time of 1:18.06. Sophomore James Groce placed fifth in the 600 meters, crossing in 1:18.57.
Detmer, who competed in nine events on the weekend, was happy but tired after his championship. Im pretty tired but Im pretty excited that were going to win again.
The Badgers picked up four places in the mile with their fab four freshmen placing second, third, fourth and seventh. Craig Miller made a late rally but was just edged by Ohio States Jeff See. See crossed in 4:04.16 for the win while Miller finished in 4:04.27; Jack Bolas took third in 4:06.25 while Brandon Bethke placed fourth in 4:06.32. Ryan Gasper rounded out the UW scorers in seventh place, finishing in 4:09.71.
While he was competing in the heptathlon pole vault, Boettcher was also finishing third in the open high jump. The sophomore from Green Bay recorded his second personal best of the weekend, clearing 6-11 . Boettcher won the heptathlon high jump on Saturday with a height of 6-10 .
The Badgers also picked up points in the 5,000 meters, where sophomores Matt Withrow and Christian Wagner finished fourth (14:28.38) and fifth (14:29.62), respectively, and in the 800 meters, where junior Joe Pierre placed sixth in 1:52.21. Wisconsin was also eighth in the 1600-meter relay as the team of Chad Melotte, Luke Hoenecke, James Groce and Nathan Probst finished in 3:18.97.
Well try to finish at Triple Crown again outdoors but more importantly its sets a tempo for ourselves going into the national meet, said Nuttycombe. Weve got a good solid ranking and hopefully make a run at the top three or four.