Feb. 10, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- A small group of competitors opened what could be a big weekend for the No. 17 Wisconsin men's track and field team Friday.
Sophomore Jake Erschen led the way for UW at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., clocking a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 5.71 seconds to claim fourth place in the mile. Junior Danny Buechel followed just behind in sixth by clocking in at 4:08.48.
The Badgers' sprinters, meanwhile, got underway at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, with athletes competing in three different events.
Brett Hartman grabbed a third-place finish in the 600-yard dash, clocking a time of 1:12.46 to overtake Nebraska's Mark Hilderbrand, who finished fourth in 1:12.94. Christopher Benson of North Dakota won the event with a time of 1:11.26.
Coming off a win in the 200 meters last weekend at the Frank Sevigne Invitational, senior Brady Hammon dashed to a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 48:06. Drew Simmons also competed in the event, clocking in at 48:20 to finish seventh.
In the preliminary round of the 60 hurdles, Badgers Matt Widule and Adum Gross each qualified for Saturday's final round.
Widule finished the preliminary heats 11th fastest with a time of 8.17, while Gross ensured a spot in the finals with his finishing time of 8.20 for 13th place.
Competition resumes Saturday at both the Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic, while the Badgers' throwers and pole vaulters are set to compete at the UW-Platteville Invitational.