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Sprinters power Badgers to third-place finish at Bill Bergan Invitational

<b>Brady Hammon won the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 48:02 seconds.</b>

Brady Hammon won the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 48:02 seconds.

Jan. 28, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Beginning a month's worth of testing competition on the road, the No. 15 Wisconsin men's track and field team journeyed first to Ames, Iowa, Saturday for the Bill Bergan Invitational.

The Big Ten and ranked competition the Badgers knew they'd face became evident immediately.

In the team-scored meet hosted by Iowa State, No. 18 Minnesota took home the team title with 62 points. The Badgers were third with 48.5 points, finishing behind runner-up and 14th-ranked Kansas State (51.5 points).

While taking third as a team, many Badgers displayed strong individual performances in competition.

Two of the stronger individual performances for Wisconsin came in the 400 meters from senior Brady Hammon and sophomore Tyler Woloszyk.

Hammon took the win in the event, finishing with a personal-best time of 48:02 seconds. Also recording a personal-best time in the event was Woloszyk, as the sophomore clocked in at 48.44 to finish fourth.

Hammon and Woloszyk also teamed up with freshman Garret Payne and sophomore Drew Simmons in the 4x400 relay and finished second with a time of 3:13.27. The mark was the fastest time of the season for the Badgers.

In the long jump, sophomore Justin Bowers out-jumped a pair of Gophers to win the event with a personal-best leap of 24 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Junior Paul Annear finished fifth in the event with a jump of 21-11.

Badgers Mickey DeFilippo and David Grzesiak both vaulted their way into the top five of the pole vault. In his best vault of the season, DeFilippo cleared a height of 16-4 3/4 to take second, while Grzesiak finished fourth with a clearance at 15-11.

Sophomore Dan Block continued his strong performance in the shot put, finishing second with a heave of 58-2. Through three meets, Block hasn't finished lower than the top two in the shot put.

UW senior Adum Gross finished third in the 60 hurdles with a season-best time of 8.14 seconds.

The Badgers continue the road swing next week with a preview of Big Ten competition against a loaded field in Lincoln, Neb., at the Frank Sevigne Invitational.

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