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No. 18 Wisconsin wins Tom Botts Invitational


May 3, 2014

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thanks to nine first-place performances, the No. 18-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team edged past Missouri, 92-90, to win Saturday’s Tom Botts Invitational dual meet.

Babatunde Awosika notched a pair of victories by setting personal records in the 200 and 400 meters. The senior started his day by winning the 200 in 21.44 seconds, a career-best time and the fastest by a UW athlete this season. Awosika then followed up that performance with a first-place effort in the 400 in 47.16, Wisconsin’s top time of the outdoor campaign.

Freshman Ryan Davis and junior Garret Payne also served double duty in the 200 and 400, as the duo finished second and third in both races.

Wisconsin won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to secure the victory over Missouri. Brandon Kappel, Payne, Justin Rabon and James Stecker completed the one-lap race in a season-best time of 40.90, while Ryan Davis, Payne, Tyler Woloszyk and Awosika secured the victory in the 4x400 in 3:13.94, UW’s best effort in the event this season by almost three seconds.

The quartet of Shawn Michels, Will Ottow, Aaron Thompson and Justin Rabon also ran the 4x400 and finished runner-up in 3:19.94.

Led by Japheth Cato, the Badgers earned five victories in the field events. The senior won the pole vault (17 feet, 1 1/2 inches) and the long jump (24-1). Freshman Jesse Johnson also participated in the pole vault and set an outdoor PR by also clearing 17-1 1/2, good for second.

In the shot put, sophomore Andrew Brekke had his best throw of the season, heaving 51-6 1/2 to win the event. Juniors Alex Thompson and Scott Erickson also had season-best heaves in their respective events, as Thompson won the discus with a toss of 178-11, while Erickson claimed the victory in the hammer with a throw of 191-10.

Multi-event athletes Ben Schreib and Charlie Foss competed in the javelin, finishing second and third, respectively. Schreib heaved 203-0, while Foss threw 177-3 to set a massive PR by over 13 feet.

Other performances of note included Stecker’s second-place and UW season-best, non-wind-aided effort in the 100 meters (10.79) and junior Matt McKenna’s runner-up finish in the 1500 meters (3:52.36). In addition, junior Matt Widule had a second-place and team-leading performance in the 100 hurdles (14.67), while Thompson was the second athlete to cross the line in the 400 hurdles (52.57).

The Badgers return to the track Sunday evening when Alex Hatz, Austin Mudd, Alex Brill and Mohammed Ahmed compete at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The meet, hosted by Stanford, is annually regarded as the premier distance event of the spring, as the nation’s elite collegiate athletes compete against top professional runners.

Hatz and Mudd will compete in the 1500 meters, while Brill will participate in the 3000 steeplechase and Ahmed will toe the line for the ultra-fast 5000 meters.

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