The University of Wisconsin mens track and field and cross country programs are hosting a reunion in conjunction with the 2008 Big Ten Conference Mens Indoor Track & Field Championships. To celebrate 115 years of Badger track, we will be catching up with some former Badger stars.
In the 115-year history of the Badger track program, Wisconsin has had 15 Olympians, 31 individual NCAA champions, 315 All-America honors and 425 Big Ten individual champions.
Todays profile is of Scott Jenkins, a four-year letterwinner in track and cross country from 1981-86. Jenkins was a four-time cross country All-American and a member of the 1982 and 1985 NCAA Championship cross country teams. He was also the 1986 Big Ten champion at 10,000 meters and earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters that season.
Name: Scott Jenkins
Current residence: Mercer Island, Wash.
Family: Wife, Mary and three childrenJacob, Andrew and Margaret
Years at UW: 1981-86
Events competed in: 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and cross country
Notable UW accomplishments: 1986 Big Ten champion at 10,000 meters; four-time cross country All-American, 1986 track All-American at 5,000 meters; member of two NCAA championship cross country teams
How did you athletic career assist your after college It helped me develop a strong work ethic, confidence and desire to succeed.
Year graduated/degree(s): Graduated in 1986 with a bachelors degree in construction administration
Occupation: Vice President-Ballpark Operations for the Seattle Mariners
How did your degree from the UW assist you in your career I learned good business skills and provided a strong background for a career in developing and managing public assembly facilities.
Notable achievements: Involved in development of the Kohl Center, developed and operated Miller Park, opened and operated Lincoln Financial Field for the Philadelphia Eagles and currently manage Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners.
Other work (organizations, charities, etc.): International Association of Assembly Managers
Hobbies: Running, bicycling, and trying to keep up with our kids
What do you remember most about your years at the UW Great education, being a part of some great track and cross country teams and many good friends.
What advice would you give current student-athletes Enjoy and take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.