A look at the lineups

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While this weekend's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational serves as a highlight of the season for the Badgers' distance crew, the Musco Twilight will be a tryout of sorts for several Badgers.

With the meet in Iowa City taking place just two weeks out from the Big Ten championships, it will serve as a final opportunity for some athletes to earn a spot on the Badgers' limited roster for the conference meet.

With that in mind, here's a look at the lineups for this weekend....

Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational  |  Heat Sheets
A week removed from his first race of the outdoor season, junior Zach Beth will run his speciality event, the 800 meters, for the first time at Stanford. Beth ran the 800-meter leg of UW's winning and school record-setting distance medley relay at last weekend's Drake Relays.

Junior Luke Rucks, who finished third in the 800 meters at Drake and also anchored the Badgers' to a third-place finish in the sprint medley relay, also will compete in the 800 at Stanford.

Seniors Craig Miller and Jack Bolas are both scheduled to compete in the 1,500 meters this weekend. Last year, Bolas ran a 3:37.64 to rank No. 4 nationally, while Miller clocked a 3:37.81 that was No. 5 on the NCAA list. Bolas will be making his outdoor debut after being sidelined due to a leg injury following the Big Ten indoor championships.

Redshirt freshmen Rob Finnerty, who ran a personal-best 3:45.45 to finish third at Drake last weekend, and Maverick Darling also will compete in the 1,500.

Senior Ryan Gasper, also part of UW's winning distance medley relay squad at Drake, will run his first 3,000-meter steeplechase of the year. He is the two-time defending Big Ten champion in the event and has qualified for each of the past two NCAA outdoor championships.

Freshman Drew Shields, who finished sixth at the Florida Relays in his last outing in the event, also will race in the steeplechase.

Big Ten indoor champion Landon Peacock is scheduled to compete in an elite field of athletes in the 5,000 meters. He ran a 13:54.73 to finish 17th at the Mt. SAC Relays just over two weeks ago in his first 5K of the year.

Musco Twilight Invitational  |  Heat Sheets (PDF)
Following a busy weekend at Drake in which he aided the Badgers to a win in the distance medley, a runner-up finish in the 4x200 and a third-place showing in the sprint medley relays, senior James Groce will compete in the 200 meters in Iowa City.

Sophomore Kyle Jefferson will compete in a 400 meters field that, in addition to featuring teammates Andrew Milenkovski and Barry Gill, includes Olympic gold medalist Andrew Rock. Like the Badgers' sprinters, Rock was coached during his college career by UW assistant coach Mark Guthrie.

Hurdlers Adum Gross, Adam Hexum and Temi Ogunbodede are slated to compete in the 110-meter hurdles, while sophomores Grant Bughman and Pat Plank are entered in the 400-meter hurdles.

Bughman competed on UW's runner-up 4x200 relay team at Drake and then ran a personal-best 53.27 to win the 400 hurdles at the Whitewater Invitational last weekend.

In the field events, freshmen Collin Taylor and Lukey Klitz and senior Pat Nichols will compete in the high jump.

Sophomore Wes Kavelaris, along with decathletes David Grzesiak, Ian Jansen, Seth Pelock and Derek Steinbach, are entered in the pole vault competition. The field also includes UW volunteer assistant coach Joe Samaniuk, a Drake Relays decathlon champion in Mat Clark, an NCAA champion in Jacob Pauli and 2010 Big Ten indoor champion Ben Peterson of Minnesota.

Kavelaris has seen his 2010 season riddled with injuries and made his debut with a performance of 15-6 1/4 at Whitewater's meet last weekend.

The Badgers' decathletes also are entered in the long jump alongside seniors Rayme Mackinson and Victor Dupuy, as well as sophomore Josh Flax and redshirt freshman Paul Annear.

Dupuy and Annear also will compete in the triple jump.

Freshman Casey Dehn and junior Jake Fritz both will throw in the shot put, with Dehn also joining senior Rory Linder in the discus.

Linder also is entered in the hammer throw, while the Badgers' decathletes will join junior Rob Dehn in the javelin.
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