May 4, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- If Michael Lihrman's redshirt season is any indication of what he can do with his two remaining years of eligibility, the No. 11-ranked Wisconsin men's track and field team will be in good hands.
The junior transfer from UW-Stout, redshirting his first year with the Badgers in order to improve his skill set for his junior and senior seasons, competed unattached and won the hammer throw at Saturday's Wisconsin Open at the Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex.
Overall, it was a strong day for the Badgers. Wisconsin athletes recorded 13 event victories, including first-place finishes by unattached athletes in the hammer throw and 400 hurdles.
The Badgers were also victorious in the shot put, long jump, high jump, triple jump, 200 meters, 400 meters, 1500 meters, 5000 meters, 4x100 relay, 110 hurdles and 3000 steeplechase.
Lihrman recorded a personal-best heave of 218 feet, 5 inches to win the event, breaking his previous best of 203-4 set at UW-Stout. If he had competed in a Badgers uniform, the mark would have demolished the UW school record by 27 feet and would rank second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally.
Sophomore Scott Erickson currently holds the UW hammer throw record, distancing 191-2 earlier this season.
In the 200 meters, Garret Payne had a career performance of his own. The sophomore won the event in a personal-best 21.21 seconds, the fastest time run by a Badger this year. The effort puts him in a tie for 10th in the Big Ten standings.
As the day progressed, personal records kept falling by the wayside for Wisconsin athletes.
Junior Babatunde Awosika set a PR in the 400 meters, winning the event in 47.39 seconds. In the 800 meters, junior Zach Mellon ran a season-best time to win the event in 1:49.95, the fastest 800 run by a Badger this year.
In addition, sophomore Aaron Thompson and senior Grant Bughman set PRs in the 400 hurdles. Thompson, competing unattached, won the event in 51.58 seconds, finishing exactly two seconds faster than his previous best. Bughman was right behind in second, crossing the finish line in 51.90.
In the 3000 steeplechase, sophomore Jacob Erschen was able to knock off more than eight seconds from his career-best mark to win the event in 9:10.20.
Moving from the football field to the track, newcomers Dezmen Southward and Kenzel Doe competed in the 100 meters at their first track meet of their collegiate careers.
In their debuts, Southward, a defensive back, finished fifth in 10.97 seconds, while Doe, a wide receiver, placed eighth in 11.12. Senior Matt Kerswill was runner-up in the event in 10.81 seconds.
The quartet of Matt Widule, Kerswill, Awosika and Payne won the 4x100 relay, completing the lap around the track in 40.80 seconds.
Widule came back to win the 110 hurdles in a season-best time of 14.41, as well.
Off the track, Danny Block's string of strong throwing performances continued. The junior won the shot put with a heave of 60-9 1/4 and placed second in the discus with a throw of 191-6.
Redshirt freshmen Charlie Foss and Ben Schreib each earned an event victory, as Foss won the long jump with a leap of 22-1 and Schreib won the high jump by clearing a height of 6-5.
Wisconsin will now shift its focus as championship season has arrived. The Badgers will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships next weekend, May 10-12.