April 20, 2012
Mt. SAC Relays results | Bryan Clay Invitational results
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin freshman Austin Mudd is off and running.
Figuratively and literally.
Competing in the 800 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., on Friday, Mudd put together one of UW's all-time best performances.
Hanging with the lead pack of runners the entirety of the race, the Greenwood, Ind., native seemingly kicked into another gear with 250 meters to go. He then took off down the stretch and clocked in with a personal-best time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds to take the win.
David Mokone finished runner-up in the event, crossing the finish line in 1:48.09. Zach Mellon also ran for UW, finishing 18th in a time of 1:50.09.
The win marked the second on the track for Mudd this outdoor season, and the manor in which he won may have left some feeling as if they were watching a replay of his first.
Providing a feeling of déjà vu, Mudd's late surge to win the 800 flashed back to the 1500 meters at the Stanford Invitational, a race in which he also furiously accelerated down the final quarter to win.
With Friday's late heroics appearing to be just another day at the office for Mudd -- or another day on the track -- his time ranking No. 5 all-time for UW in the 800 meters should help distinguish it from just any other day.
Mudd's time in the 800 meters also ranks No. 8 in the country this season.
Ryan Collins also had a strong performance running in an Olympics development elite section of the 5000 meters. The senior placed fourth in the event after finishing in 13:45.87. Nissin Foods runner Yuki Sato won the event, finishing in 13:40.91.
Competing in the Bryan Clay Invitational, another UW freshman recorded a personal-best time, his coming in the 110-meter hurdles.
Adum Gross and Matt Widule finished back-to-back for Wisconsin in the event, with Gross finishing second in 14.34 seconds and Widule just behind in third after clocking in at 14.37 -- a personal-best time for the freshman.
It was double duty for the two Badgers, who also competed in the 110 hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays. Gross finished ninth in a time of 14.39 seconds and Widule came in 13th at 14.48 seconds.
Four other Badgers ran in the 1500 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational, with two earning top-five finishes and three recording personal-bests.
Reed Connor was the first UW runner to cross the finish line, coming in second place with a personal-best time of 3:42.15. Trailing just behind, Rob Finnerty finished fourth with his time of 3:42.87.
New Badger Daniel Chenoweth also ran, recording a personal-best time of 3:49.62 and finishing 14th. Danny Buechel also came away with a personal-best time after he clocked in at 3:50.08.
Action took place off the track as well for UW at the Mt. SAC Relays, with Mickey DeFilippo and Collin Taylor competing in field events.
In the pole vault, DeFilippo cleared 16 feet, 10 inches to finish eighth. Unattached athlete Benjamin Allen earned top spot in the event with a winning height of 17-4.
Collin Taylor competed in the high jump, finishing 11th after reaching an elevation of 6-8. Deante Kemper of Northern Arizona won the event by clearing 7-1 3/4.
It's the final day of competition for the Badgers out in California at the Mt. SAC Relays, while a group of UW athletes will get their first action of the week, competing at the Musco Twilight Invitational, hosted by Iowa.