Jan. 26, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers faced tough competition as they went on the road for the first time this season. They did more than hold their own.
The No. 10-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team finished second at the team-scored Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. Despite using a limited roster, the Badgers finished with 70 points to finish behind only winner and eighth-ranked Minnesota (123.25 points).
Junior Danny Block, making his season debut in the shot put, won the event with a heave of 58 feet, 6 inches.
Sophomore Scott Erickson also performed well, placing second in the weight throw with a toss of 60-6.
In the jumps, senior Paul Annear led the way by finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet, 1/2 inch. Senior Collin Taylor finished fourth in the high jump by clearing 6-8 1/4, while sophomore Zach Ziemek took fifth in the long jump with a leap of 23-0.
Wisconsin sprinters had some strong performances, as well. The Badgers’ 4x400 relay team ran its fastest time of the season, earning a fourth-place finish with a time of 3 minutes, 12.67 seconds, an effort that ranks fifth in the Big Ten this season. The group consisted of sophomore Aaron Thompson, sophomore Garret Payne, junior Tyler Woloszyk and junior Drew Simmons.
Simmons (48.25 seconds) and Woloszyk (48.50) also finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 400 meters.
Four Badgers scored points in the 3000 meters. Brian Leung, a transfer from Princeton, finished second in 8:12.44, while Michael Van Voorhis took third in 8:12.78. Michael Brice placed fifth in 8:16.84 and Matt McKenna followed in sixth in 8:18.19.
Senior Danny Buechel placed fourth in the mile in 4:10.76.
The Badgers will be back on the road next weekend, as competition once again ratchets up at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.