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Best marks abound for Badgers on big tracks

<b>Sophomore Austin Mudd was the top collegian to finish the invitational 800 meters at the Husky Classic on Saturday.</b>

Sophomore Austin Mudd was the top collegian to finish the invitational 800 meters at the Husky Classic on Saturday.

Feb. 9, 2013

Husky Classic Results  |  Cyclone Classic Results

SEATTLE -- A different day meant similar success for the Badgers.
The No. 15 Wisconsin men's track and field team continued to perform well as the Badgers resumed competition Saturday in Seattle and Ames, Iowa.
At the Husky Classic, reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week Austin Mudd placed fourth in the invitational section of the 800 meters. In a loaded field including professionals that placed in the top 10 at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, Mudd finished as the top collegian in an indoor personal-best time of 1 minute, 48.24 seconds. The mark ranks as the third fastest in the Big Ten this season and the seventh fastest nationally.
Teammate Alex Hatz, who owns UW's school record in the mile at 3:58.68, finished 10th in the invitational mile with a time of 4 minutes, 0.65 seconds, the eighth-fastest time in the Big Ten this season.
In the invitational 3000 meters, an event consisting of elite collegians and professionals, senior Rob Finnerty finished 29th in a personal-best 8:03.78.
There were also many notable performances Saturday in Ames, Iowa, at the Cyclone Classic.
Junior Tyler Woloszyk won the 600 yards -- a rarely-contested event -- in 1 minute, 10.22 seconds. Teammates Grant Bughman and Will Ottow finished not far behind in sixth and seventh in 1:12.14 and 1:12.36, respectively.
Sophomore Matt McKenna also ran well, finishing third in the mile in a career-best 4:08.83. Fellow Badger Danny Buechel crossed the finish line moments later in fourth at 4:09.08.
Sophomore Garret Payne kept the string of personal bests coming, finishing fourth in the 400 meters in 47.59 seconds. The mark is the fastest 400 run by a Badger this season.
The Badgers' 4x400 relay team also set a new season-best time, finishing second in 3:10.40. Woloszyk, Payne and juniors Babatunde Awosika and Drew Simmons competed for UW. The performance is the third-best time recorded by a Big Ten team this season.
In the field events, junior Michael Lihrman, competing unattached, won the weight throw with a heave of 68 feet, 4 1/2 inches. The mark would rank him fourth in the Big Ten if he were competing in a UW uniform. Teammate Danny Block finished second in the shot put with a season-best and team-leading toss of 61-11.
Senior Paul Annear earned a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a season-best leap of 6-10 1/4.
The Badgers will return to the track next Friday, Feb. 15, when they host the Red & White Open at The Shell.

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