Jan. 19, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- Some people consider track and field to be an individual sport. Don’t tell that to the Badgers.
The No. 12-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team piled up the victories by winning 12 events at its own Wisconsin Invitational, which concluded Saturday inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell).
The Badgers competed against Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Northern Michigan and Southeast Missouri State.
Not surprisingly, it was senior Japheth Cato who led the way. After winning the pentathlon Friday, the All-American jumped back on the track Saturday and won the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 7.95 seconds. The effort ranks Cato fourth in the Big Ten this season.
The wins kept coming when sophomore Austin Mudd claimed the 800 meters in 1 minute, 52.65 seconds and fellow sophomore Matt McKenna won the mile in 4:14.36.
Wisconsin runners ran 1-2-3 in the 600 meters, with senior Grant Bughman crossing the finish line first in 1:20.49. Junior Tyler Woloszyk, competing unattached, finished second in 1:20.86, with freshman Will Ottow, also unattached, taking third in 1:21.25.
Bughman came back to aid UW’s winning effort in the 4x400 relay, as well. He teamed with sophomore Aaron Thompson, junior Babatunde Awosika and junior Brett Hartman to cover the field in 3:17.33.
Awosika, a junior transfer from UW-Stevens Point, also won the 400 meters in 49.80 in his Badgers debut.
Thompson, meanwhile, was part of a 1-2 finish for Wisconsin in the 200 meters. He finished behind winner Garret Payne, as the sophomore took the top spot in the 200 for the second-consecutive week. Payne won the event in 22.47, with Thompson just behind in 22.59.
Freshman Malachy Schrobilgen, also making his season debut, competed unattached and won the 3000 meters with a time of 8:19.70
Senior Paul Annear helped the Badgers pile on the victories when he won the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Sophomore Zach Ziemek, competing unattached, added to the total by winning the pole vault with a vault of 16-4 3/4.
Junior Michael Lihrman, a transfer from UW-Stout, won the weight throw for the second-consecutive meet while competing unattached.
He won with a toss of 66-2 1/2. Both that mark and his throw of 68-6 from last week’s Badger Track Classic would have surpassed the UW school record if he had competed in a Badgers uniform.
The Badgers will return to the track next Saturday, Jan. 26, when they head to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational.