April 21, 2013
• Musco Twilight Invitational Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Six event wins capped a busy week for the No. 9-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team Saturday at the 14th-annual Musco Twilight Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.
In the 200 meters, sophomore Garret Payne won by crossing the finish line in 21.99 seconds, the second-fastest time run by a Wisconsin athlete this season. Junior Babatunde Awosika finished right behind in second in 22.15 seconds.
Junior Drew Simmons earned a victory of his own, winning the 400 in 47.96 seconds. Teammates Tyler Woloszyk and Brett Hartman placed fourth and sixth, finishing in 48.59 and 48.79, respectively.
The 4x100 relay team, consisting of Japheth Cato, Matt Kerswill, Awosika and Payne, kept the victories coming, completing its lap around the track in 40.81 seconds.
Four Badgers raced in the 1500 meters, led by junior Reed Connor’s win in 3 minutes, 53.41 seconds. The triumph came on the same track where Connor claimed the Big Ten title in the 5000 meters in 2011.
Sophomore Matt McKenna placed third in a personal-record 3:54.21 and senior Danny Buechel finished a fraction of a second later in fourth in 3:54.53. Sophomore Michael Van Voorhis was eighth in 3:58.13.
Michael Brice, running the 5000 meters for the first time as a Badger, claimed the victory in 14:18.33. Junior Neal Berman finished third in 14:31.45, setting a personal best by almost 30 seconds. Sophomore Jacob Naylor placed third by crossing the finish line nine seconds later in 14:40.18.
Cato, also competing in the 110 hurdles, crossed the line in an extremely close finish for the win. However, there was a malfunction with the timing system, so times were not recorded.
Simmons and Grant Bughman joined Awosika and Payne in the 4x400 relay. The quartet recorded a time of 3:15.07, good for third place.
Competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase for the first time in his career, Jacob Erschen ran like a veteran. The sophomore raced to a second-place finish in 9:18.83.
In the 100 meters, the fastest race of the day, senior Matt Kerswill and sophomore Matt Widule finished fourth and fifth in 11.00 and 11.19, respectively. Kerswill’s mark is the second fastest by a Badger this year.
A pair of athletes wearing the cardinal and white finished neck and neck in the 800 meters. Freshman Will Ottow sprinted to a personal-best time of 1:53.68, while junior Tim Hucke finished just four-hundredths of a second after Ottow, crossing the finish line in 1:53.72.
Senior Grant Bughman competed in the 400 hurdles and, with a season-best time of 52.36 seconds, finished third.
Off the track, Paul Annear battled in a pair of jumping events. In the triple jump, the senior leapt 47 feet, 1 3/4 inches to finish third. He also cleared a height of 6 feet, 9 inches for a fourth-place tie in the high jump. Junior Collin Taylor cleared 6-11 in the event to finish one place ahead of Annear in third.
The Badgers will compete at three different meets once again next weekend, April 26-28, as the team travels to Berkeley, Calif., for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, to San Diego Calif., for the Triton Invitational and to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.