Feb. 8, 2013
Husky Classic Results | Cyclone Classic Results
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor track is known to produce fast times. Tonight was no different at the Husky Classic.
In the loaded invitational 5000 meters stacked with strong collegians, the Badgers notched a pair of top-10 finishes in a race in which the top nine athletes topped the nation's fastest time in the 5000 this season.
Senior Maverick Darling raced to a fourth-place finish, clocking in at a Big Ten-leading 13 minutes, 38.71 seconds.
Junior Mohammed Ahmed, making his season debut, finished right behind in seventh, crossing the finish line in a personal-best 13:40.43. Both marks are the fastest this year in the Big Ten.
Senior teammate Elliot Krause finished 17th in 13:53.60, a time that puts him fourth in the Big Ten.
The Badgers were out in front early as senior Rob Finnerty set the pace for the first mile before stepping off. Darling and Ahmed followed closely behind and never ran outside the lead pack.
Kevin Williams of Oklahoma and Shadrack Kipchirchir of Oklahoma State finished 1-2, posting identical times of 13:38.57.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin sprinters ran well in Ames, Iowa, at the Cyclone Classic. The Badgers posted three top-10 finishes in both the 200 and 400 meters.
In the 200, sophomore Garret Payne finished seventh with a career-best time of 21.96 seconds. The mark is the fastest for a Badger this season.
Junior Babatunde Awosika and senior Matt Kerswill were right behind in eight and ninth, finishing in 22.04 and 22.06 seconds, respectively.
Wisconsin found similar success in the 400. Junior Drew Simmons ran to a third-place finish in 48.07 seconds, followed by Grant Bughman in fifth at 48.65. Awosika earned a top-10 finish by placing eighth in 48.94.
Redshirt freshman Andrew Brekke set new career bests in both the weight throw and shot put. Brekke finished second in the weight throw with a heave of 61 feet, 1 1/2 inches and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 51-4 1/2.
The Badgers are back on the track tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m. in Seattle, highlighted by reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Austin Mudd competing in a special invitational section of the 800 meters. Competition resumes at 11 a.m. in Ames and Platteville.