Badgers take third in 4x1600 relay

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Despite a 4:01 anchor carry by senior Craig Miller, the Badgers settled for a third-place finish in the men's 4x1600-meter relay Friday afternoon.

Miller's anchor helped the Badgers clock in at 16:29.57, the sixth-fastest time in school history and the best mark by a Badgers team since 1982.

Still, it was only good enough for third as Ohio State's Jeff See won a drag race to the finish with Notre Dame's Jeremy Rae. The Buckeyes took the win in 16:25.42 with Notre Dame second in 16:25.57.

The Badgers led a good portion of the race after lead leg Ryan Gasper put them out front midway with his opening carry of 4:10. Gasper closed the final 800 meters in an impressive 1:56 before passing to redshirt freshman Rob Finnerty with the Badgers in the lead.

Finnerty kept them there, running a split of 4:06 for his 1,600 meters before handing the baton to freshman Drew Shields.

Shields and Notre Dame's Daniel Clark continued the two-team breakaway at the front, but the chase pack soon chewed into their 30-meter gap on the field. By the time Shields passed to Miller after a 4:10 split, the Badgers were in a battle for fourth.

Miller picked off a couple of spots and blazed to a 4:01 split, but Rae broke away for a sizeable lead that See only could erase with a dead sprint over the final 100 meters.

The Badgers have Monika Jakutyte and Kate Flood competing in the women's high jump and Rayme Mackinson taking part in the men's long jump. The remaining action on the track for UW is the prelims of the women's 4x400-meter relay at 3:30 p.m. and the men's 4x200-meter relay at 6:40 p.m.

Judging by the weather at 1:30 p.m. -- an overcast 60 degrees with 20 mph winds -- tonight's "Relays Under the Lights" session could be a chilly one for the Badgers' sprinters.