NCAA Championships Wrap Up
March 14, 2006
Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky earned his second-consecutive national crown last weekend at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas. Seven teams represented the league in competition as Wisconsin finished seventh and Indiana tied for 19th. Illinois (T23), Minnesota (T25), Michigan (T37), Michigan State (T37) and Ohio State (T52) rounded out the Big Ten representation.
Badger junior Chris Solinsky ran to his second 3,000-meter run NCAA crown in as many years, finishing with a time of 7:59.68. He went on to place third in the 5,000-meter run as he crossed the finish line in 13:52.47. For the second-consecutive year Solinsky has claimed an NCAA individual title in the 3,000-meter competition while finishing third the the 5,000-meters. Earlier this season he set new conference records in both events at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Stevens Point, Wis., native, claimed two first-place marks as he finished in 7:54.73 in the 3,000-meters and 13:52.34 in the 5,000-meters at the Big Ten meet.
Overall, seven student-athletes and one relay team recorded top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. Indiana's David Neville (second, 400-meter dash), Michigan's Michael Woods (second, one mile run) and Jeff Porter (fourth, 60-meter hurdles), Michigan State's Brad Gebauer (fourth, pole vault), Minnesota's Aaaron Buzard (fourth, 400-meter dash) and Wisconsin's Demi Omole (third, 60-meter dash) joined Solinsky as finishing in the top five in individual events while the Illinois 4x400-meter relay team finished second.
The 2006 outdoor edition of the track and field season begins this weekend as Illinois travels to Columbia, S.C. for the Weems Baskins Relays. Michigan will compete at the Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C. while Minnesota will head to San Francisco, Calif. for the Bay Area Blast Off. Wisconsin will be the lone Big Ten team at the Hurricane Invite in Miami, Fla. this weekend.