UW Health Sports Medicine 

Ups and downs to open Saturday at Drake


The Wisconsin men's track team won't have the opportunity to defend its Drake Relays title in the shuttle hurdle relay, but the Badger women are in position to make a run at their first crown.

The women's squad -- running just the third shuttle hurdle race in school history -- clocked a time of 58.85 to take second in their heat and earn the fourth and final qualifying spot for the final.

Sophomore Jessica Flax, senior Jenny Soceka, redshirt freshman Dorcas Akinniyi and junior Egle Staisiunaite will run the final at 12:56 p.m.

Louisiana Tech was fastest at 56.46, with Alabama (56.59) and Ohio State (58.10) also getting through to the final.

After a strong opening leg from sophomore Temi Ogunbodede, the defending champion Badger men seemed poised to cruise into the final. A clean exchange to sophomore Adam Hexum followed, but Hexum stumbled at the second hurdle and failed to clear the barrier.

Sophomores Adum Gross and David Grzesiak were left standing at the blocks without running their legs.

Kansas State ran the fastest prelims time at 58.92, with North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Indiana State also making the final.

In terms of weather, things look much brighter for Des Moines today after a soggy, breezy Friday. Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s are expected at least through late afternoon, when strong storms may roll in.

Next up for UW is freshman Collin Taylor in the men's high jump at 10 a.m. On the track, the men's and women's sprint medley relay teams will run beginning at 10:15 a.m.