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Women's hurdlers pick up pace


Whether individually or as a team, Saturday afternoon went very well for Wisconsin's women's hurdlers.

The 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay team took a fourth-place finish in the event, as the quartet of sophomore Jessica Flax, senior Jenny Soceka, freshman Dorcas Akinniyi and junior Egle Staisiunaite ran a school-record time of 56.77 in the afternoon final.

The time was a drop of nearly a second off the previous record set by the foursome -- a 57.53 run at the Florida Relays on April 3.

Saturday's runs -- the prelims and the final -- represented just the third and fourth shuttle hurdle races in school history. Before they ran at the Florida Relays, Wisconsin's only previous run in the event was at the 2008 Sea Ray Relays.

Just 40 minutes anchoring the Badgers' effort in the relay, Staisiunaite returned to the track to run the 400-meter hurdles. She responded with an effort of 59.89 to finish 10th and clock the second sub-1:00 run of her career.

Sophomore teammate Jenna Severson was strong, too, running a personal-best 1:00.65 to finish 16th.