Erickson smashes Badgers' school record in hammer throw


ON WISCONSIN <b>Scott Erickson smashed the Badgers' school record in the hammer throw Friday at Georgia Tech.</b>
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Scott Erickson smashed the Badgers' school record in the hammer throw Friday at Georgia Tech.
ON WISCONSIN

March 30, 2013

• Results: Stanford Invitational  |  Yellow Jacket Invitational

MADISON, Wis. -- Led by sophomore Scott Erickson’s record-breaking effort, the No. 7-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team Friday completed its first day of a busy weekend of competition.

UW competed athletes at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta on Friday.

In Atlanta, Erickson finished fourth in the hammer throw, unleashing a massive school-record toss of 191 feet, 2 inches. The mark broke the previous record of 187 feet, 7 inches set by Brian Griese in 2011 by over 3 1/2 feet.

Erickson’s toss demolished his own pervious best throw of 176 feet, 2 inches.

In addition, a group of Wisconsin distance runners traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete against a field of elite athletes at the Stanford Invitational.

A trio of Badgers earned personal-best times in the 5000 meters. Junior Alex Bill, who won the event at last year’s meet in 14 minutes, 14.02 seconds, finished sixth Friday in a career-best 13:57.79. The mark smashed his previous record by more than 16 seconds.

Sophomore teammates Michael Van Voorhis and Alex Hatz also had career efforts in the 5000 meters. Van Voorhis finished 14th in 14:06.75 and Hatz was 22nd in 14:23.71.

In the ultra-competitive 10,000 meters, junior Brian Leung finished 29th in 29:49.20.

Competition resumes at the Stanford Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) and at 10:30 a.m. (CT) in Atlanta for the Yellow Jacket Invitational.

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