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NCAA West Preliminary Round Updates: Friday


We're back with updates throughout the second day of the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, as the Badgers chase the opportunity to advance to next month's NCAA outdoor championships.

 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary Round
 Date  Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26
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10:20 p.m.
Freshman Mudd marches on, secures second NCAA berth
Austin Mudd didn't have to beat them in order to join them.

The Wisconsin freshman executed a strong race in the quarterfinals of the men's 800 meters at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round, hitching himself to UC Irvine's Charles Jock and UC Santa Barbara's Ryan Martin and letting the national leaders guide him to an NCAA championships berth.

Mudd ran third throughout the two-lap race, exactly where he needed to be to secure one of the three automatic qualifying spots for next month's national meet.

"Jock and Martin were in front of me the whole time and I was keying off them," Mudd said. "I was just trying to stay a few meters back from them and then kick it in and close the gap a little at the finish line.

"It was pretty much a given that they were going to go 1 and 2, so I just had to stay in contact with them and not let anyone pass me on that last stretch."

His close over the final 100 meters resulted in a time of 1:48.32 and assured him of a second NCAA championships berth in his rookie season. Mudd also ran on UW's distance medley relay team at the NCAA indoor championships in March.

"It was definitely a good experience to race the top two guys in the nation," Mudd said. "I definitely built up a lot of confidence."

It's something he can use as he looks to notch another goal off his list when he toes the line in a semifinal race at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I still have some pretty big goals for nationals," Mudd said. "I'm not going to take it lightly.

"I don't think All-American is out of the question, and that would be awesome as a freshman. 

"I'm looking forward to the race."

7:50 p.m.
Jakutyte refuses to let history repeat itself
Faced with a familiar situation, Monika Jakutyte refused to let history repeat itself.

Whether or not the senior's career at Wisconsin would continue largely hinged on successfully clearing her third and final attempt at 5 feet, 10 3/4 inches at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round.

The scenario was too similar to the one that brought her sophomore season to a close on the same infield at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Then, Jakutyte finished 13th and missed a berth in the NCAA outdoor championships by a single finishing position. The difference was a single miss.

She wrote a different story on Friday.

After a pair of misses at 5-10 3/4 -- the second of which coming by the narrowest of margins -- Jakutyte came through in the clutch and cleared the bar to cement a top-12 finish and a trip to next month's NCAA outdoor championships.

"Going into the third attempt I was thinking, 'No way,'" Jakutyte said. "Two years ago I was 13th here by one miss and I was not going to let that happen again.

"That was my motivation."

That Jakutyte used her narrow miss as motivation rather than a source of added pressure on her final attempt was key. Another memory helped put the close call in perspective.

"I knew I was super close," Jakutyte said of her second attempt. "The same thing happened at Big Tens. I jumped up, I hit (the bar) with my shoulders and I knew I'd hit it.

"But then everybody started cheering and I was thinking, 'Why are you cheering?' and then I see the bar stayed on.

"The same thing happened this time. I hit it with my shoulders and then I brought my hips over and my legs over, but (the bar) sat there and then fell in slow motion."

Rather than be discouraged, Jakutyte prepared to make the most of her final opportunity.

"It was my third bar, I knew I was close, I knew I wanted to go and I knew I was not going to get left behind like I did two years ago," she said. "I think everything added up."

4:40 p.m.
Card rides wind to NCAA championships
On one hand, Kelsey Card was disappointed. On the other, she's excited about what falling short in one event means now that she's exceeded expectations in another.

A day after she missed out on advancing in the shot put, the Wisconsin freshman earned the right to move on to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus with a ninth-place finish Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

She became the sixth UW woman to qualify for the national meet, which is set for June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

The silver lining in not advancing in the shot put? Card can spend the next two weeks focused exclusively on honing her skills in the discus.

"Ideally, I would have liked to make it in both," Card said, "but I'm grateful that I get to go. In one way, I guess it will be nice because you always do better when you focus on one thing."

Card made the most of warm and windy conditions to emerge from a competition that lasted just shy of five hours.

While fellow competitors struggled with the wind blowing into their faces, Card unleashed a throw of 171 feet, 11 inches on the second of three attempts in her flight of the trials. It was enough to get her through to the final round of throws as the No. 9 qualifier, a spot she held onto over the final three attempts.

"It was ugly," Card said of the gusty conditions. "I ended up doing alright in my flight, but it was still kind of a struggle.

"For a lot of people it was terrible. In this last flight (the finals), it nailed you like crazy and several girls ended up with three fouls because of the wind."

The other bright spot for Card is that teammate Taylor Smith -- who failed to qualify Friday after a pair of sector fouls and an intentional foot foul after a short throw on her final attempt -- will be alongside her in Des Moines after advancing Thursday in the shot put.

"It's nice," Card said. "It's always good to have someone there to talk to and to support you. We can cheer for each other, and that's nice, too."

It's a familiar situation for the duo, though with reversed roles. Card finished sixth in the shot put at the NCAA indoor championships to earn All-America honors, while Smith was an indoor qualifier in the weight throw.

"Having already been there, it's nice to know how it all works," Card said of qualifying for both NCAA meets as a freshman. "Outdoors will be different because it's on a bigger scale, but it will be nice to be familiar with it."