Feb. 1, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 14-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team will hit the road again this weekend as the Badgers travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Frank Sevigne Invitational and to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational.
The Badgers will send senior Japheth Cato, sophomore Zach Ziemek and redshirt freshmen Ben Schrieb and Charlie Foss to Nebraska to compete in the heptathlon for the first time this season at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in the Devaney Center.
They will compete against No. 9 Auburn, Arkansas State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Northwest Missouri State and South Dakota State.
The heptathlon will begin Friday at noon with the 60 meters, followed by the long jump, shot put and high jump. The competition concludes at 10 a.m. Saturday with the 60 hurdles, pole vault and the 1000 meters.
Cato has fond memories of the Devaney Center. At last year’s meet, the All-American won the heptathlon by scoring a Big Ten-record 5,939 points, shattering the 14-year-old conference record. Cato posted the field’s top mark in five of the seven disciplines.
Upon his return to Lincoln for the Big Ten championships just three weeks later, Cato defended his crown by winning a second-consecutive conference title in the heptathlon.
Meanwhile, other members of the men’s team will head to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Meyo Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center. The competition is regarded as one of the nation’s premiere indoor meets for sprinters and middle distance runners, as the top athletes from many ranked teams will be present.
The two-day meet begins Friday at 5 p.m. with the preliminary round of the 60 hurdles. The day ends with the 500 meters at 9:15 p.m. and resumes Saturday with the 3000 meters at 10:30 a.m. The meet concludes that evening at 5:05 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relay.
On Friday, senior Danny Buechel, senior Grant Bughman, sophomore Austin Mudd, senior Maverick Darling and senior Zach Mellon will compete in the distance medley relay. Both Mudd and Mellon earned second-team All-America honors in the event last season.
Darling will be making his season debut on the track for the Badgers after finishing 11th at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship in November, where he earned All-America honors and helped guide Wisconsin to a runner-up finish.
Fellow cross country runners Alex Hatz and Rob Finnerty will also make their season debuts. Hatz, UW’s school record-holder, will compete in the famed Meyo Mile on Saturday with Mudd, Buechel and sophomore Matt McKenna. Finnerty, a senior, will run the 3000 meters.
In the sprinting events, sophomore Garret Payne, junior Tyler Woloszyk and junior Drew Simmons will compete in both the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay.
A number of Badgers also will make the short trip to Whitewater, Wis., to take part in the Squig Invitational on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.
In other news, three Badgers will be competing in the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Freshman Malachy Schrobilgen will run in the junior men’s 8-kilometer race, while senior Elliot Krause and junior Reed Connor will compete in the open men’s 12-kilometer race.