Akinniyi completes multi-event sweep

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All she could do was shrug. And smile.

A win was likely already in hand, but Dorcas Akinniyi's explosive personal-best throw in the javelin propelled her to an outstanding score of 5,584 points and a Big Ten Conference title in the heptathlon.

The victory completed a season sweep of the Big Ten's multi-event titles for Akinniyi, who also claimed the indoor pentathlon title at the conference indoor meet in March.

The redshirt freshman blasted her previous lifetime-best mark in the javelin with a a throw of 125 feet, 7 inches that was the class of the field by nearly six feet. Prior to the throw, her career-best mark stood at 100 feet, 11 inches.

After the heave, Akinniyi walked over to assistant coach Dave Astrauskas, who coaches the Badgers' throwers, and shrugged. It was that kind of weekend for Akinniyi.

Her point total fell just 53 points short of Melissa Talbot's school-record score of 5,637 and stands No. 2 all-time at Wisconsin. The performance also ranks Akinniyi No. 5 on the national performance list this season and assures her of a trip to next month's NCAA outdoor championships.

Her effort led the charge for a strong Badgers showing in the event, as sophomore Jessica Flax grabbed third place with a lifetime-best score of 5,253 -- which stands No. 4 all-time at UW -- and senior Jenny Soceka racked up 4,998 points to finish fourth in the field.

Akinniyi opened the second day of the heptathlon competition with a six-inch personal-best in the long jump -- despite jumping into a headwind -- and posted the top mark in the field at 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches. She then wrapped things up with a career-best run of 2:22.64 in the 800 meters.

In all, Akinniyi posted personal-best marks in six of the seven events that comprise the heptathlon.

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Dorcas, Congratulations ... what a performance. good job girl, we are very proud of you. Go Badgers!

Congratulations Dorcas! You did your thang!!! Next stop...NCAA's!

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