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Connor wins 5,000 meters at ISU Classic


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Feb. 14, 2014

Tyson Results  |  ISU Classic Results

MADISON, Wis.-- While the Wisconsin track and field team found success at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday, senior Reed Connor was setting records at the competitive ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.

Competing against 11 All-Americans, including Oklahoma State's four-time All-American Shadrack Kipchirchir, Connor beat out Villanova's Partrick Tiernan in a thrilling finish to win the 5000 meters. His time of 13:37.42 was just .31 seconds ahead of Tiernan, and it stands as the fourth-best mark in UW history. Connor's time also broke both the Lied Center and ISU Classic records. Connor now leads the nation in the 5000 meters.

Meanwhile at the Tyson Invitational, Michael Lihrman won the weight throw with a heave of 72-5 3/4 to highlight action for the Badgers in Arkansas.

Japheth Cato and Matt Widule advanced to the 60 meter hurdle semifinals after a time of 8.09 from Cato and 8.37 from Widule in the prelims. In the semifinals, Cato placed 13th in 8.07 while Widule took 20th with a time of 8.21.

Austin Mudd had a strong showing in the 800 meters, finishing seventh with a time of 1:50.67. It was the second time he competed in the event this season, and he beat his previous time by nearly two seconds. Mudd also posted the second-best time in the mile for UW this season, finishing in 4:13.12.

Freshmen Zach Reitzug and Shawn Michels competed in their first collegiate 400-meter race on the day, as well. Reitzug finished 36th in 49.25 seconds, while Michels crossed the line 48th in 50.11.

Cato and Zach Ziemek finished fifth and 13th, respectively, in the long jump. Cato soared 24-7 1/4, the longest mark for UW this season, while Ziemek had a mark of 23-7 1/2.

In the college 800 meters, Will Ottow took 38th in 1:57.95, while Brandon Kappel and James Stecker placed 58th and 59th, respectively, in the 60 meter prelims. Kappel crossed in 7.17 while Stecker was one-tenth of a second behind.

Field events for the second day of competition at the Tyson Invitational are set to begin at noon (CT) Saturday while running events kick off at 1 p.m.

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