Monday State Sports Roundup: Kenseth moves up a place in NASCAR point standingsWisconsin Sports
-- Matt Kenseth of Cambridge moved up one place to eighth in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, despite taking 14th yesterday at the Tums Fast Relief-500 in Martinsville, Virginia.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Matt Kenseth of Cambridge moved up one place to eighth in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, despite taking 14th yesterday at the Tums Fast Relief-500.
Jimmie Johnson won the race, and he moved into first place in the point standings with three races left. The previous Chase leader, Brad Keselowski, fell to second after he placed sixth yesterday. Johnson held off Kyle Busch during a five-lap green flag run at the end. Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished 12th, and he remains 16th in the standings. Travis Kvapil of Janesville was 31st, and he remains 29th in the season point totals.
The University of Wisconsin women's hockey team blanked New Hampshire 5-0 yesterday in Madison. Brianna Decker had two goals and an assist, and freshman Courtney Burke had one goal and two assists. Alex Rigsby had 21 saves. After losing its Top-10 national ranking a week ago, the Badgers swept a pair from New Hampshire to improve to 5-3-2 overall.
The University of Wisconsin men's cross country team won its 14th straight Big Ten title yesterday. The Badgers had 33 team points on the Michigan State course. Second-place Michigan had 65, and Indiana was third with 79. Zachary Mayhew of Indiana won the individual title in 23-minutes and 30-seconds. Senior Maverick Darling was the Badgers' top runner in second place, with a time of 23:35. Mohammed Ahmed of Wisconsin was third at 23:36. Meanwhile, the Badger women finished fifth in its conference meet at Michigan State. Wisconsin had 147 points. Michigan won the team title with 55. Sara Kroll of home Spartans won the individual gold in 20-minutes and 12-point-four seconds. Ashley Beutler was the Badgers' top runner in sixth at 20:28-point-one.
The Marquette University women’s soccer team won their Big East Conference quarter-final match over Connecticut yesterday, 4-1. Meagan Kelly had one goal and one assist, as the Golden Eagles improved to 14-2-2 on the year. They’ll play Notre Dame on Friday at UConn.
UW-Milwaukee has earned the top seed among six teams in the Horizon League women’s soccer tournament that begins tomorrow. The Panthers went 5-2 in regular season conference play – and they’re 6-8-1 overall. Milwaukee will open at home against in Friday’s semi-finals against the lowest remaining seed after tomorrow’s first round – Wright State, Youngstown State, Loyola, or Valparaiso.
The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team will play Michigan on Wednesday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers earned the No. 6 seed in their second straight trip to the post-season. Michigan has the third seed among the eight teams. The Badgers have not won the conference tournament since 2005.