April 26, 2014
• Triton Invitational Results | Drake Relays Results
DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Molly Hanson finished runner-up in the seeded 1500 meters at the 105th running of the Drake Relays, Saturday, at Drake Stadium.
Hanson, a native of Dodgeville, Wis., crossed the line in 4:19.98, two seconds behind Georgia’s Carly Hamilton to set a new personal-best in the event.
“I wasn’t sure when to start kicking, but my coach told me to wait until the last possible moment to start going,” Hanson said. “I waited until 200 meters to go, but Christy Cazzola passed me on the last turn. I knew it would be a battle. It was a tough race.”
Hanson’s time ranks 22nd in the country and third in the Big Ten and was set in front of a crowd of 15,504.
“I think it was the biggest crowd I have ever run in front of,” Hanson said. “I tried to zone them out and pretend it was just another race. It did help when you are in the race and you feel the energy from the crowd.”
Senior Erin Cawley was 11th in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:33.47.
Brianna Bower had never thrown the javelin further than she did two weeks ago, but that all changed Saturday at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif.
The sophomore finished second in the event with a throw of 157 feet, 6 inches. The mark bested her previous record of 157-6, which was set at the Spec Towns Invitational earlier this month and ranked No. 2 all-time at Wisconsin behind Megan Rennhack’s throw of 163-4, set in 2012.
Teammates Andria Savitch and Emmon Rogers also competed in the javelin, as the duo finished 17th in a personal-record 120-10 and 18th in 116-5, respectively.
Angela Boushea, who had a season-best throw in the hammer on Friday, participated in the shot put on Saturday. The junior placed ninth with a personal-record mark of 47-6 1/2, seven inches further than her previous PR, set in 2011.
On the men’s side, Michael Lihrman continued to dominate collegiate competition. The junior finished second overall in the hammer throw, but first among collegians, with a heave of 214-6. Argentina’s Joaquim Gomez won the event with an incredible throw of 244-5.
Also competing in the hammer was Scott Erickson and Andrew Brekke. Erickson finished 23rd (166-7), while Brekke was 26th (162-11).
Brekke also took part in the open shot put, placing 13th with a heave of 49-9.
In the invitational section of the shot put, Wisconsin’s last event of the Triton Invite, Danny Block used a heave of 62-0 1/4 to finish ninth. The senior’s mark was his best of the season thus far.
The Badgers will return to the track next Saturday, May 3, when the team heads to Columbia, Mo. for the Missouri Invitational.