Badgers get tuned up for Big Ten championships


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<b>Dan Block heads into Big Ten championships with a personal-best shot put of 61-7 3/4</b>

ON WISCONSIN
Dan Block heads into Big Ten championships with a personal-best shot put of 61-7 3/4
ON WISCONSIN

Feb. 17, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s track and field team hosted the Red and White Open Friday, getting one last chance to tune up before heading to Lincoln, Neb., next weekend for the Big Ten indoor championships.

Yet to have an off day of competition, sophomore Dan Block continued his season-long dominance by taking the win in the shot put. Block’s personal-best heave of 61 feet, 7 3/4 inches ranks him 11th in the country and is the top mark in the Big Ten.

Mickey DeFilippo vaulted his way to a personal-best clearance of 17-0 3/4 in the pole vault to take the win. The senior’s vault ranks as the fifth-best mark in the Big Ten this season.

On the track, Patrick Plank continued the trend of personal-best marks with his finish in the 600 meters. Plank dashed to a win in the event and finished in 1:19.81, topping his previous best by nearly two seconds to move to No. 8 in the Big Ten this season. Brett Hartman also ran in the event for UW, finishing third in a time of 1:20.96.

It was a 1-2 punch in the mile for Wisconsin as Rob Finnerty and Daniel Buechel took first and second. Finnerty crossed the finish line in a time of 4 minutes, 8.18 seconds while Buechel finished in 4:12.97.

Matt Widule picked up his first win of the season by beating out a pair of Badgers teammates in the 60 hurdles. Darting to a finish of 8.14, Widule narrowly edged out Adum Gross, who also finished in 8.14. UW’s Adam Hexum finished third with a time of 8.33.

In the weight throw, sophomore Scott Erickson earned his best finish of the season taking second in the event. Erickson’s throw of 58-4 1/2 marked a personal best for and sailed beyond his previous mark by two feet.

Jason Tiedt got off to the right start in his season debut competing in the high jump. Tiedt cleared a height of 6-4 1/2 to win the event.

With much more at stake, Wisconsin visits Lincoln, Neb., for the second time this season next weekend. The Big Ten indoor championships are set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at the Devaney Center.

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