April 25, 2013
• Triton Invitational Results | Drake Relays Results
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second time in two months, Danny Block broke his own school record.
Earlier this year, the junior extended his own school record in the shot put by finishing third at the NCAA indoor championships with a heave of 65 feet, 7 inches.
On Thursday night, Block smashed his own school record in the discus by almost five feet at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif. The Hanover Park, Ill., native finished seventh in the Elite section of the discus with a massive throw of 200 feet, 4 inches, breaking his record-setting performance at last year’s Big Ten outdoor meet.
The mark ranks fourth nationally and second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nebraska’s Chad Wright, who finished runner up in the event with a toss of 207-11.
Sophomore Alex Thompson finished 16th with a throw of 179-3.
In Des Moines, Iowa, six Wisconsin distance runners competed at the Drake Relays.
Michael Brice led the way for the Badgers, finishing fourth in the 10,000 meters in a personal-record time of 29 minutes, 52.07 seconds to demolish his previous-best performance by more than 23 seconds.
The junior finished seventh in the event at the Drake Relays two years ago as a freshman, finishing in 30:30.09.
Teammates Jacob Naylor and Neal Berman also competed in the event, placing 13th and 15th, respectively. Naylor, running the 10,000 meters for the first time as a Badger, crossed the finish line in 30:36.67. Berman finished shortly after in 30:46.51. The junior did not finish the race in Des Moines in 2011.
In the 5000 meters, a trio of sophomores represented Wisconsin. Michael Van Voorhis placed seventh in 14:17.52, while Jacob Erschen finished 10th in a personal best 14:23.33. Matt McKenna completed the race in 14:39.31, good for 18th place.
The Badgers will be back on the track tomorrow. Redshirt freshman Andrew Brekke and sophomore Scott Erickson will compete at noon in the hammer throw at the Triton Invitational.
Other athletes will begin the two-day competition in Berkeley, Calif., at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m., with action on the track starting at 2:35 p.m.