Festa places fourth in Olympic Trials
Isaiah Festa, a cross country and track athlete from 2001-03, just missed his shot at the Olympics Thursday night as he finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., in a personal-best time of 8:20.66. The three fastest runners make the Olympic team and Festa nearly surpassed Robert Gary, who finished in 8:19.46.
Daniel Lincoln won the steeplechase in 8:15.02 and Anthoney Famiglietti took second in 8:17.91.
Jared Cordes, who ran at Wisconsin from 1998-2001, placed 13th in 8:42.75.
Hubbard places 10th at World Juniors
Sophomore Paul Hubbard ended his run at the World Junior Championships, held in Grosseto, Italy, Friday when he placed 10th in the triple jump. His leap of 50 feet, 4 inches did not quite cut it, as the top six in each of two flights qualified for the final Sunday. Viktor Kuznetsov of the Ukraine won Hubbard’s flight in 53-9 ¼.
Hubbard won the USA Junior Championships in June with a best jump of 51-5 ¾ to qualify for the World Junior Championships.
Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 2004 class revealed
Seven former Badger athletes who have already made their mark on history will continue to do so as Hall of Fame athletes. Kathy Butler, Michael Finley, Randy Jablonic, Steve Lacy, Dennis Lick, Oscar Osthoff and Bob Rennebohm will all be inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 3 in Madison. Including the 2004 class, the Hall of Fame now has 134 members.
Butler, one of Wisconsin’s most prolific distance runners, ran cross country and track at UW from 1994-97. While at UW, she earned five NCAA championships, including three consecutive national outdoor championships in the 3,000 meters. She had 13 All-American honors and 17 Big Ten Championships, and was named the UW Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997. She will compete in the 2004 Olympics with a number of former and current Badgers.
Michael Finley, perhaps the most famous athlete on the list, played basketball at UW from 1992-95 and currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He left behind him a list of accolades: he was UW’s all-time leading scorer with 2,157 points and was a three-time honorable mention All-American and two-time first-team all-Big Ten pick. When he departed, he also held school records in field goals, field goal attempts, free throws and three-point field goal attempts. In the NBA, Finley has racked up more than 5,000 points, more than 1,000 assists and has made two NBA All-Star teams (in 2000 and 2001).
Badger fans will have to travel farther back in time to honor Randy Jablonic, who rowed from 1957-60. As a student-athlete, his team won a national championship in 1959. He accepted a coaching position in 1960 and remained, first as an assistant and later as a head coach, until 1997. Under his watch, UW captured 28 national titles, 10 ten Eyck trophies and four varsity eight Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1990. Jablonic also founded the Midwest Rowing Championships.
Steve Lacy racked up his fair share of accolades in cross country and track, earning seven All-American honors from 1975-78. He suited up for the NCAA Championship 3,200-meter relay in 1976 and won the mile run at the 1975 USTFF National Championships. Lacy was a member of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic teams.
Dennis Lick, a member of the football team from 1972-75, was a first-round pick for the Chicago Bears in the 1976 draft after capping off a solid career at UW. He was a two-time first-team all-Big Ten pick and a two-time All-American. At Chicago, he was an NFL All-Rookie pick in 1976 and a second-team All-NFC selection in 1979.
Oscar Osthoff, a Badger at the turn of the 20th century, competed in football, track, swimming and gymnastics. He earned 10 letters, a Big Ten shot put title and all-Big Ten accolades in football. He won a Big Ten Championship in gymnastics in the flying ring event in 1908 and was an Olympic gold medalist in weight lifting in 1904.
Bob Rennebohm, the man who helped make University Ridge and the Kohl Center possible, played football and baseball at Madison in 1942-43 and 1946-48, serving as a Marine Officer candidate during World War II. During that time, he played football for Michigan in 1943 and 1944 and later on the Marine’s Pacific All-Star team in 1945. Rennebohm was drafted by the Packers and by the San Francisco 49ers in the All-American Football Conference draft. He was the executive director of the UW Foundation from 1955-93.