Feb. 1, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- Headlined by freshman Ryan Davis' first-place performance and three runner-up finishes, the No. 4-ranked Wisconsin men's track and field team wrapped up the three-day Bill Bergan Invitational at the Lied Recreation Center Saturday by finishing fifth overall with a team total of 60 points.
Competing in just his second meet as a Badger, and for the first time in an individual event, Ryan Davis claimed the lone victory of the day for UW, securing first place in the 600-yard run by crossing the finish line in 1 minute, 10.76 seconds.
Senior teammate Tyler Woloszyk finished a fraction of a second later in 1:10.90, good for second place, while junior Aaron Thompson placed fifth (1:11.38) and freshman Sam Tiahnybik was 16th (1:14.69).
Freshman Carl Hirsch, who in his collegiate debut won the mile at the Wisconsin vs. Missouri Dual earlier this season, finished runner up in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.81.
Senior Babatunde Awosika also claimed second in the 400 meters, crossing the line in 48.05. Junior Garret Payne and Drew Simmons also competed in the event, finishing eighth (48.90) and 10th (49.01), respectively.
The 4x400 relay team had the next best performance of the day, completing the 1600-meter race third in 3:13.30. The quartet included Awosika, Davis, Woloszyk and Thompson.
In the unseeded 800 meters, sophomore Will Ottow finished fourth in 1:54.71, while junior Matt Widule placed sixth in the 60 hurdles in 8.16.
Payne and three freshmen were entered in the 200 meters and Zach Reitzug was the first Badger to cross the line, securing an eighth-place finish in 22.20. Payne placed 10th (22.28), James Stecker was 12th (22.30) and Justin Rabon finished 20th (22.78).
In the distance events, freshman Michael Christianson finished ninth in the 1000 meters (2:34.03), while junior Sam Hacker completed the 3000 meters in 8:33.43, good for 12th place.
No. 15 Minnesota won the meet with 153 points. Kansas State finished second with 106, while Big Ten rival Iowa placed third (96).