April 12, 2014
• Spec Towns Invitational Results | UW-Platteville Invitational Results
ATHENS, Ga. – Led by first-place finishes in the discus, the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters, the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team wrapped up the second and final day of competition at both the Spec Towns Invitational and the UW-Platteville Invitational.
In Georgia, senior Danny Block had the standout performance of the day, winning the discus with a heave of 180 feet, 10 inches. The throw was Block’s best of the early outdoor season, surpassing his previous mark at the Florida Relays earlier this month by eight inches.
Junior Alex Thompson, sophomore Andrew Brekke and junior Scott Erickson also competed in the event, finishing third (167-0), fifth (166-7) and 11th (144-2), respectively.
Block and Brekke weren’t done for the day, as the duo also participated in the shot put. Block’s throw of 56-11 1/2 was good for a fifth-place finish, while Brekke placed 10th with a toss of 50-8 3/4.
In the javelin at the Spec Towns Invitational, Ben Schreib set a personal record in the javelin by finishing fourth with a throw of 207-9.
The two other victories on Saturday came from junior Matt McKenna and freshman Ryan Kromer at the UW-Platteville Invitational. McKenna, competing in the 1500 meters, won the event in 4 minutes, 2.70 seconds. His teammate, freshman Michael Christianson, competed unattached in his collegiate outdoor debut and first career 1500, and finished runner-up less than a second after McKenna in 4:03.60.
In the 5000 meters, Kromer made the most of his collegiate debut. Competing unattached, the freshman won the event by crossing the finish line in 15:25.81, while sophomore Russell Sandvold placed fourth (15:43.48).
Other notable performances for Wisconsin included Matt Widule, who earned a runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles (14.68); Zach Reitzug, who completed the 400 hurdles in fourth in a career-best time of 53.97; Brandon Kappel, who was the fourth athlete to cross the line in the 100, doing so in personal record 10.82; and the 4x100 relay team of Widule, James Stecker, Justin Rabon and Kappel that placed second in 41.90.
In addition, Riley Budde made his outdoor collegiate debut by competing unattached in his first-career hammer throw. The freshman used a heave of 167-11 to finish ninth. In the 400, freshman Justin Rabon set a personal record by placing seventh in the event in 50.01.
Next weekend, April 17-19, the Badgers return to action for the competitive and prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.