May 11, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. -- Podium finishes by Elliot Krause and Ryan Collins propelled the No. 17 Wisconsin men’s track and field team to an early lead in the team race at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships late Friday at the McClimon Complex.
Krause finished in second place and Collins took third to join Japheth Cato -- UW’s second-place finisher earlier in the day in the pole vault -- as the Badgers’ first medalists.
“Cato had a real good day in the pole vault, the decathlon guys had a real great start today, so we’re in a good spot right now,” Collins said.
Ending the first day of competition with 26 team points, the Badgers hold the early lead at the Big Ten meet.
Border rival and No. 25-ranked Minnesota finished the day just behind UW with a total of 21.5 points, while Michigan rounded out the top three with 18 points.
“A big part of the strategy was making sure we got those points,” Krause said of UW’s plan for the 10,000.
It was clear from the start the Badgers were in pursuit of those points, as Krause, Collins and Daniel Chenoweth ran up front and paced the field for the majority of the race.
“We know we’re a strong team, we know we’ve got a lot of good guys,” Chenoweth said. “The plan was to use that strength, go out and make sure it's an honest race, switching up and making sure no one is carrying the burden too long."
Feeding off one another and trading leads, the trio pushed one another deep into the race.
“We do that in workouts, we all share the lead so it’s something that we’re used to,” Collins said.
It became a two-person race down the stretch, however, as Krause and Indiana’s Zachary Mayhew battled their way to the finish line.
Mayhew dug deep and displayed a fantastic final surge, kicking his way down the final 300 meters and earning the victory in a time of 28 minutes, 55.06 seconds.
Krause finished runner-up in at 28:59.71.
Finishing shortly behind Krause was Collins, who finished with a time of 29:03.67 for third place.
Chenoweth earned UW another top finish, coming in fifth place with his time of 29:27.14.
All three finishes meant all-important points for the Badgers.
“It’s (was) a good first day,” Krause said. “Keep it rolling a second day and then hopefully again on the third day.”
“At the end of the day we scored some points for the rest of the guys and hopefully made some momentum for everyone else,” Chenoweth said.
Wisconsin continues competition tomorrow, with decathletes beginning the day at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the 110-meter hurdles.
Krause returns to the track Sunday to run in the 5000 meters, where he’ll pursue more points to help his team.
“It’s big team points on the line,” Krause said of the 5000. “Everyone knows where everyone is going to be and every team pretty much knows what they need to do at that point in the race.
“Every team is going to put every guy they’ve got on the track.
“We’re going to do the same.”