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Ollie Hoare added another important piece of hardware to his growing collection.

The University of Wisconsin sophomore won his fourth conference crown of the 2017-18 school year, the latest a title in the 1,500-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Sydney, Australia, native pulled away from Michigan State’s Justine Kiprotich in the final 100 meters and crossed the line in 3 minutes, 49.97 seconds.

“I’m in a great place right now and I want to progress and see what I can do at the NCAA regionals in Sacramento,” Hoare said of the national preliminaries May 24-26 in California.

Hoare added to his titles in the 2017 Big Ten Cross Country Championship before winning the 3,000- and 5,000 at the 2018 Big Ten Indoor Championships.

The Badgers had three top-10 finishers in the 5,000 on Sunday: senior Joe Hardy (fourth, 14:28.41), sophomore Ben Eidenschink (seventh, 14:38.91) and junior Morgan McDonald (10th, 14:47.93).

As a team, UW (43 points) finished ninth. Ohio State won with 109.

Hoare was selected to the All-Big Ten first team, while sophomore Sawyer Smith gained a second-team nod.

• On the women’s side, the Badgers finished tied for fifth with 60 points. Minnesota edged Purdue by two points to win the team title.

Sophomore Alicia Monson finished second in the 5,000 at 16:43.66, while Brenna Detra placed fourth in the 400 hurdles in a season-best :57.70.

The 400 relay of Meagan Blair, Gabby DesRosiers, Detra and Ebony McClendon placed seventh in :44.83, topping the program record of :45.40 that the group ran two weeks ago at the National Relays.

The 1,600 relay of Bianca Stubler, Detra, DesRosiers and Haley Lubow placed sixth in 3:38.70, besting their previous best of 3:40.32.

UW seniors Taylor Amann and Georgia Ellenwood were named to the All-Big Ten first team. Sophomore Rayce Albino and Monson earned second-team honors.


UW (28-21) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and will face Oregon State (28-26) at 6 p.m. Friday in the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) regional.

Meeha Nelson (15-10, 2.50 ERA) and Mariah Mazon (11-16, 2.92) are the top pitchers for the Beavers, who finished 9-14 in the Pac-12 Conference.

Alabama and Middle Tennessee State are also in the regional, which has a double-elimination format.

Women’s rowing

The Badgers had fourth-place finishes in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four to place third at the Big Ten Conference Rowing Championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.

Ohio State won its sixth consecutive Big Ten title and became the first school to win all seven events.

UW senior Lexi Siverling earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Senior Megan Whitehouse was named to the second team.

UW will find out Tuesday if it gained a berth in the NCAA championship, which runs May 25-27 in Sarasota, Florida.

Men’s rowing

UW’s varsity eight took fifth in the petite final to finish 11th overall at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Championship on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Badgers finished 10th overall in the battle for the Rowe Cup, and the fifth varsity eight retained gold-medal status during UW’s final weekend of racing before the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships next month.

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