Jan. 30, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 4-ranked Wisconsin men's track and field team will leave the friendly confines of Madison after three-consecutive home meets at The Shell when they head to Ames, Iowa to compete in the three-day Bill Bergan Invitational this weekend.
The meet marks the first of four competitions on the road, as the Badgers do not return home until the Red & White Open on Feb. 21.
The Bill Bergan Invitational, hosted by Iowa State, features a competitive field that includes No. 15 Minnesota, No. 19 Texas, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Kansas State and Iowa.
Team scores will be kept for just the second time this season for UW, as the Badgers took down Missouri, 86-61, in a dual meet on Jan. 18. At least year's meet in Ames, Wisconsin finished with 70 points to finish second behind Minnesota despite using a limited roster.
The team will once again bring a partial squad to the Bill Bergan Invitational. Veteran athletes like Japheth Cato, Zach Ziemek, Danny Block, Mohammed Ahmed and Reed Connor won't be competing. However, the meet will feature UW sprinters and give the younger, less experienced athletes a chance to compete.
The three-day meet begins Thursday with the heptathlon, where sophomores Ben Schreib and Charlie Foss will compete for Wisconsin. The seven-event discipline starts with the 60 meters at noon (CT), followed by the long jump, shot put and high jump. The heptathlon continues Friday at 11:30 a.m. with the 60 hurdles, with the pole vault and 1000 meters to follow.
Schreib and Foss have used the three previous meets this season to practice and improve many of the events they will see Thursday and Friday when they compete in their first heptathlon of the season. Both heptathletes set personal records in the event at last year's Big Ten indoor championships, as Schreib finished 14th with 4,961 points, while Foss placed 15th by totaling 4,887 points.
Competition resumes on Saturday on the track at 10 a.m. with the 3000 meters, where a handful of freshmen will get another opportunity to impress on the track. Zach Reitzug and Shawn Michels will compete in the hurdles, while Justin Rabon, Xavier Jansen and Ryan Davis will handle the sprints. In addition, distance runner Carl Hirsch, who had a successful cross country season competing unattached, will compete for the second time this season.
Other familiar faces that will compete this weekend include middle-distance athlete Will Ottow, short sprinters Garret Payne, Aaron Thompson, hurdler Matt Widule and long sprinters Drew Simmons and Tyler Woloszyk.