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Larkin advances in 110 hurdles

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Senior Nate Larkin advanced out of the prelims of the men's 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays on Friday morning, running a time of 14.54 seconds.

Larkin, who was third in the event at last year's Drake Relays, won his preliminary heat going away and ended up fourth-fastest overall. He will race in the final at 3:13 p.m. Saturday.

Larkin also led off the Badgers' 4x100-meter relay entry Friday morning and will run the 4x110-meter shuttle hurdle relay on Saturday as the Badgers look to defend their title in that event.

Next up on the track for Wisconsin is the men's 4x1600-meter relay, with Craig Miller, Ryan Gasper, Drew Shields and Rob Finnerty running.

The duo of Monika Jakutyte and Kate Flood will compete in the women's high jump at 1 p.m. Teammate Megan Seidl, who is nursing some leg soreness, was a late scratch from that event and did not make the trip from Madison.

Drake Relays in pictures

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Photos from the Badgers' day at the 2010 Drake Relays will be updated throughout the day, so be sure to check the gallery below for additional photos.

Photo Gallery: Drake Relays Day 1

Drenched at Drake


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As you can see in the photo above -- of Kyle Jefferson anchoring UW's effort in the men's 4x100-meter relay -- the second day of the 101st Drake Relays is underway in Des Moines, Iowa, and it's off to a wet start.

It's been raining pretty much all morning, and the forecast doesn't look much brighter as the day goes on. Thunderstorms aren't out of the question, either.

Either way, the Badgers are off and running, as the women's 4x100-meter relay team of Jordan Helgren, Jameice DeCoster, Brittney Harper and Alexis Beecham ran their preliminary heat in 47.77. They did not advance to the event final.

On the men's side, the quartet of Nate Larkin, Gavin Robertson, James Groce and Jefferson ran a time of 41.42 that placed the Badgers 10th-fastest and just out of the final.

Next up for UW is Larkin running the prelims of the men's 110-meter hurdles, at 11:35 a.m.  The Badgers' entry in the 4x1600-meter relay -- Craig Miller, Ryan Gasper, Drew Shields and Rob Finnerty -- runs at 12:15 p.m.

Keep in mind that, because of the weather, the meet is on a rolling schedule and will stay ahead of schedule if possible.

I'll provide updates here on the blog throughout the day when I'm not out on the track taking photos ... and getting soaked.

Follow the Badgers live at Mt. SAC

Fans can follow the Wisconsin men's and women's track and field teams in action this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, thanks to live results and live video coverage from Flotrack.

- Live Webcast (begins 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday)
- Live Results

Also, be sure to check back to UWBadgers.com late Friday evening for coverage of the Badgers at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational.

All-America honors for Akinniyi

Sophomore Dorcas Akinniyi ran a season-best time of 2:26.18 in the 800 meters to solidify an All-America finish in the women's pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The run boosted Akinniyi's point total to a career-best 4,056 and earned her a seventh-place finish in her second NCAA competition.

Akinniyi becomes the second Wisconsin athlete to surpass the 4,000-point threshold in the pentathlon and stands second all-time at UW behind school record-holder Melissa Talbot's score of 4,225 from 2007.

She also joins Talbot as the only Badgers to earn All-America honors in the event.

Oregon's Brianne Theisen won the national title with a score of 4,396.

Next up for the Badgers on the final day of the NCAA championships is senior Chavon Robinson in the women's triple jump at 6:30 p.m.

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Career-best jump boosts Akinniyi to 5th

A personal-best leap of 19 feet, 7 inches (5.97m) on her third and final attempt in the long jump moved Dorcas Akinniyi into fifth place in the pentathlon standings after four events.

The sophomore fouled on each of her first two attempts in the long jump before landing the career-best leap to improve her point total to 3,314 points.

Oregon's Brianne Theisen continues to lead the standings at 3,511 points.

Akinniyi also set a personal-best mark in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.86 seconds.

If Akinniyi can run a time of 2:30.67 or faster in the 800, she will top her current personal-best score of 3,998.

She will run the final event of the pentathlon, the 800 meters, at 4:15 p.m.

Akinniyi holds steady in 8th

Sophomore Dorcas Akinniyi held down her spot in eighth place in the overall pentathlon standings with a throw of 37-11 1/4 (11.56m) in the shot put.

After three events, Akinniyi owns a total of 2,474 points. Oregon sophomore Brianne Theisen holds the lead at 2,637 points.

Two events remain in the competition, with the field moving on to the long jump before taking to the track for the 800 meters. The long jump is set to begin at 3 p.m.

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Akinniyi off to strong start

Sophomore Dorcas Akinniyi stands eighth in the women's heptathlon at the NCAA indoor championships with two events of the five-event competition in the books.

Akinniyi, fresh off winning the Big Ten championship in the event two weeks ago, opened with a personal-best time of 8.86 in the 60-meter hurdles and followed with a clearance at 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches in the high jump. That mark was just a quarter-inch off her lifetime best.

That adds to a two-event total of 1,842 points. Texas Tech junior Kelsey Lloyd leads the competition after two events with a score of 1,941 points.

The pentathlon field heads to the shot put next, followed by the long jump and the 800 meters.

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Seidl's day done in high jump

Senior Megan Seidl is out of the women's high jump competition at the NCAA indoor championships after failing to clear the third height in the competition at 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78m).

Seidl had a first-attempt clearance at 5-7 and then made it over 5-8 3/4 on her second jump at that bar.

She then missed on all three attempts at 5-10. Seidl is likely to finish 17th in the field.

The Badgers will wrap up the first day of the NCAA indoor championships with freshman Zach Mellon running the prelims of the men's 800 meters at 6:55 p.m.

Follow along with live results and live video.

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Ready to roll in Fayetteville

Wisconsin senior Megan Seidl is about to get things going for the Badgers at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, with the women's high jump set to begin at 2:45 p.m.

Seidl is the 18th and final jumper in the order.

There are several ways to follow along during the meet:
- Live Video (until 8 p.m.)
- Live Video (8 p.m. to finish)
- Live Results

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