STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – It was a record-setting day for the University of Wisconsin men’s track and field team at the Big Ten Conference Outdoor Championships. The Badgers won their fourth consecutive title, scoring 145 ½ points. The UW also won a record fourth consecutive Big Ten “Triple Crown”—conference titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track during the same academic year. Wisconsin’s senior class wraps up their careers undefeated at Big Ten championships.
“We had a good meet,” said UW coach Ed Nuttycombe. “We thought that we could score 135-140 points. We scored a little bit more than that. We probably overestimated what the other teams could potentially do or maybe they just didn’t have a good meet. But in the end it wasn’t that close. I’m just glad to get another Big Ten championship. This senior class just did again.
Nuttycombe, who won his 23rd Big Ten title at the UW, tied a Big Ten record for most conference titles won by a single coach. Indiana swimming and diving coach James “Doc” Counsilman won 23 titles from 1958-90.