April 19, 2014
• Long Beach Invitational Results
NORWALK, Calif. – Ryan Davis made his collegiate outdoor debut in an individual event on Friday. With the way he performed on Saturday, you would have thought he was a veteran.
Davis, a freshman, had the best finish of the day for the No. 6-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team, winning the 400 meters in a personal-record time of 47.56 seconds at the Long Beach Invitational.
A trio of other Badgers also competed in the 400, as Garret Payne finished third (47.66), Tyler Woloszyk crossed the line 11th (48.56), while Aaron Thompson placed 16th (49.00).
The other notable performance Saturday came from Austin Mudd. After finishing runner-up in the 1500 on Friday in 3:41.61, a time that ranks tied for second in the nation this season, Mudd was at it again in the invitational section of the 800 meters.
The junior completed the two-lap race in 1:49.79, good for second place overall. Mudd holds the fifth-best time on UW’s all-time list and was a 2012 second-team All-American in the event after placing 11th at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Teammate Alex Hatz joined Mudd in the 800, finishing fourth a fraction of a second later in 1:50.63.
Other top-10 finishes for UW on Saturday included Carl Hirsch in the 800 meters (third in 1:50.35), Aaron Thompson (sixth in 53.00) and Zach Reitzug (10th in a personal record 53.55) in the 400 hurdles and Matt McKenna in the invitational section of the 1500 meters (eighth in 3:53.34).
In the 110 hurdles, Matt Widule finished 18th (14.83), Charlie Foss placed 36th (15.45) and Zach Reitzug was 46th (16.29).
Foss also competed in the long jump, leaping 21 feet, 10 3/4 inches for a 25th-place finish, and in the discus, placing 56th with a throw of 124-9. Zach Ziemek also took part in the discus, using a heave of 148-9 to finish 34th.
James Stecker and Matt Widule competed in the 100 meters, placing 14th (10.96) and 56th (11.46), respectively.
Babatunde Awosika, making his outdoor season debut in the cardinal and white, was the highest UW finisher in the 200 meters. The senior was the 18th athlete to cross the line, doing so in 21.94. Woloszyk and Stecker finished less than a second later in 22.31 (32nd) and 22.33 (36th), respectively.
In UW’s only relay of the weekend, the quartet of Davis, Woloszyk, Awosika and Payne competed in the 4x400 and was the fourth team to cross the finish line, completing the four-lap race in 3:16.32.
Meanwhile, Japheth Cato was the lone Badger to compete in the final day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. In the invitational section of the pole vault, the senior finished eighth by clearing 17-6 1/2. The mark set an outdoor personal record for Cato by less than an inch.
The Badgers will split their resources once again next weekend, April 24-26, as Wisconsin will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the 105th running of the Drake Relays and to San Diego, Calif. for the Triton Invitational.