Jan. 25, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 10-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team will leave Madison after two home meets at The Shell to compete at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. The meet marks the first of six competitions on the road, as the Badgers do not return home until the Red & White Open on Feb. 15.
The Bill Bergan Invitational, hosted by Iowa State, features a competitive field that includes No. 8 Minnesota, No. 16 Kansas State, No. 24 UT-Arlington, Iowa, Marquette, North Dakota and South Dakota State. Team scores will be kept for the first time this season for the Badgers.
Field events begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the men's weight throw, while track events start at noon with the preliminary round of the 60 hurdles.
UW has showcased strong individual efforts and quality team depth thus far. The Badgers hope to build on their success beginning with Saturday’s meet.
Senior Japheth Cato will once again be a busy man, as he is scheduled to compete in the pole vault, high jump, shot put and the 60 meters. The All-America heptathlete will be competing in the vault, shot and the 60 for the first time this season.
Sophomore Zach Ziemek will also have a heavy load on the track. He will join Cato in the pole vault and shot put, but will also compete in the long jump and 60 hurdles.
Both multi-event athletes are working toward their season debuts in the heptathlon next weekend at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. Cato is the meet’s defending champion after winning with a Big Ten-record score last season.
Also Saturday, the Badgers will be loading up the lanes with Wisconsin athletes in the sprint events. Seven Badgers will compete in the 400 meters, including junior Tyler Woloszyk, who won the event at the Badger Track Classic, and junior Babatunde Awosika, who won the event at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.
Senior Matt Kerswill will run in both the 60 meters and the 200 meters, while the 3000 meters will feature five Badgers, including the season debuts of junior Michael Brice, junior Neal Berman and sophomore Michael Van Voorhis.
Wisconsin will also have an ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ team competing in the men’s 4x400 relay. The ‘A’ team will feature three of the four runners that helped earn a second-place finish at last year’s event, including Woloszyk, sophomore Garret Payne and junior Drew Simmons. Sophomore Aaron Thompson will replace former Badger Brady Hammon.