Connor shines at Mt. SAC Relays


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April 18, 2014

Mt. SAC Invitational Results | Bryan Clay Invitational Results

WALNUT, Calif. – The signature event of the 56th-annual Mt. SAC Relays on Friday was one of the last races of the night: the invitational section of the 5000 meters, which featured a combination of professional runners and some of the best collegiate athletes.

Senior Reed Connor donned the cardinal and white for the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team and didn’t disappoint.

An All-American both indoors and outdoors in the 5000, Connor was at his best Friday. The senior finished 12th, sixth among collegians, in 13 minutes, 39.34 seconds. The mark set an outdoor personal record by over nine seconds, ranks ninth on the Badgers’ all-time list and is the sixth-best time in the country this season.

In addition, Malachy Schrobilgen finished 29th in 14:15.08, setting an outdoor personal best by 47 seconds, while former UW standout Maverick Darling was seventh in 13:36.10.

In the "A" section of the 5000 at Mt. SAC, Michael Van Voorhis placed second with a personal-best time of 13:57.07, beating his previous best by almost 10 seconds.

At the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., junior Austin Mudd toed the line in the 1500 meters, competing in just his second race of the outdoor season. Less than four minutes later, he ranked tied for second in the nation in the event.

Mudd, a 2013 All-American after finishing fourth in the 1500 at the NCAA outdoor championships, earned a runner-up finish in 3:41.61.

Teammates Alex Hatz and Matt McKenna also competed in the 1500. Hatz placed fourth in 3:42.69, a mark that ranks 12th nationally, while McKenna was 49th in 3:53.51. With their performances Friday, both Mudd and Hatz put themselves in good position to qualify for the NCAA regional meet later this season.

Other notable performances of the day came from Jesse Johnson and Ryan Davis. Johnson, competing at Mt. SAC, placed second in the “B” section of the pole vault by clearing 17 feet, 3/4 inches. The mark set an outdoor personal record by a foot. In the 400 meters, Davis finished runner-up by crossing the line in a personal-best 48.06. Junior Garret Payne finished a fraction of a second later in 48.27, good for fifth place.

Davis and Payne served double-duty Friday, as the duo also took to the track for the 200 meters. Payne completed the half lap in 21.76 (9th), while Davis competed in his first collegiate 200 and was 11th overall (21.82).

Back at Mt. SAC, senior Japheth Cato was 21st in the long jump with a leap of 23-4 1/2, while senior Alex Brill competed in an individual event for the first time in 2014, placing 22nd in the Olympic development section of the 5000 meters in 14:14.88.

In the 800 at the Bryan Clay Invitational, Carl Hirsch was fourth (1:52.50), while Tyler Woloszyk placed 10th (1:53.16). Led by Matt Widule, a trio of Badgers competed in the 110 hurdles.  Widule finished in 11th (14.91), Zach Reitzug placed 25th (15.72) and Charlie Foss was 27th (15.74).

James Stecker ran both the 100 and 200 Friday at the Bryan Clay Invite, completing the races in 10th in 10.86 and 16th in 22.03, respectively.

A week removed from setting a personal record in the decathlon, Zach Ziemek participated in both the discus and javelin. The junior finished eighth in the discus with a heave of 148-2 and ninth in the javelin with a throw of 178-1.

Competition resumes tomorrow for Wisconsin with the Mt. SAC Relays, as well as the Long Beach Invitational at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

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