Distance sweep opens busy weekend for Badgers


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<b>Sophomore Matt McKenna won the 5000 meters at the Sea Ray Relays Friday.</b>

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Sophomore Matt McKenna won the 5000 meters at the Sea Ray Relays Friday.
ON WISCONSIN

April 12, 2013

Sea Ray Relays Results  |  Spec Towns Invitational Results
 
MADISON, Wis. -- Matt McKenna made his first collegiate 5000 meters race a memorable one.
 
The Wisconsin sophomore won the event at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday, crossing the finish line in 14 minutes, 36:50 seconds. The victory marked the third time McKenna has won a race in the cardinal and white.
 
Sophomore teammate Jacob Erschen finished just back of McKenna, placing second in 14:39.89.
 
Earlier in the day, sophomore Alex Hatz also competed in an event for the first time as a Badger and scored a third-place finish in the 800 meters in 1:53.31.
 
At the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Ga., sophomore Scott Erickson and redshirt freshman Andrew Brekke participated in the hammer throw for the No. 9-ranked Badgers.
 
Erickson, who set a school record in the event two weeks ago at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta with a throw of 191 feet, 2 inches, followed up his record-setting performance with a heave of 189 feet, 9 inches. The mark was good for fourth place.
 
Brekke placed ninth, throwing 165-3.
 
The Badgers will be busy tomorrow, as Wisconsin resumes competition at both venues. The Sea Ray Relays continue with field events opening at 11 a.m. (CT) and running events starting at 11:30.  The meet is highlighted by Badgers entries in the 4x800, 4x1500 and distance medley relays.
 
In Georgia, 15 athletes will compete in 13 different events for Wisconsin. Field events begin at 9:30 a.m. (CT) and action on the track starts at 12:10 p.m.

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