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Badgers enjoy successful weekend on international stage


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July 28, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- It was an eventful weekend around the globe for current, past and future members of the Wisconsin men's track and field team, as junior Zach Ziemek, former stars Mohammed Ahmed and Maverick Darling, and incoming freshman Morgan McDonald shined on the international stage.

Ziemek places fourth at Thorpe Cup

MARBURG, Germany -- Despite battling an ankle injury he suffered during the first day of competition, junior Zach Ziemek showed that he was "Badger Tough" during the 21st Thorpe Cup as the junior was the top collegian, finishing fourth with a score of 7,667 points.

Ziemek finished second for Team USA, which was bested by Germany in the team competition. Team USA's Wesley Bray won the individual crown with a score of 7,862 points, while Germany's Mathias Brugger (7,829) and Rene Strauss (7,818) bested Ziemek.

"Double Z" opened the competition on Saturday with a time of 11.05 seconds in the 100 meters despite facing a strong headwind. He took the lead after the long jump, as he soared 24 feet, 2 1/2 inches to tie for the event win. Ziemek held onto his lead after a mark of 41-8 1/4 in the shot put, but relinquished it after finishing fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-7. He ended the first day in fourth with a total of 3,979 points after running a time of 51.39 in the 400 meters.

On Sunday, Ziemek finished fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.15, before finishing third in the discus with a heave of 145-3. After clearing 15-9 1/4 in the pole vault, Ziemek set a decathlon personal-best in the javelin with a throw of 186-11. He ended the day in the 1500 meters clocking in at 5:00.25.

The Thorpe Cup is an international track and field competition between USA and Germany.  Squads are composed of up to seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon.

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Ahmed runs personal-best at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland -- In the 5000 meters at the Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Ahmed ran the third-fastest time in Canadian history to finish fifth on Sunday.

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Mo Ahmed

Ahmed clocked in a 13:18.88, 10-seconds faster than his personal best of 13:28.28 set earlier this year at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

"I am a bit disappointed," Ahmed said in an Athletics Canada release. "I really wanted to go out there and be right there with those guys, but you know I am a bit closer than I was last year. I have another race coming up on Friday and another Canadian there with me which will make it a little bit easier, so I am just going to go out there and have fun."

Ahmed, the Big Ten record holder in the 10,000 meters, will race in the event on Friday at the Commonwealth Games, which is a multi-sport event featuring athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

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Darling finishes third at USA 7 Mile Championships

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Former Wisconsin standout Maverick Darling impressed the running community on Saturday, as the 2013 graduate finished third at the USA 7 Mile Championships.

Darling finished third in 33:42, behind Sean Quigley, who won the race in 33:27, and Christo Landry, who placed second in 33:32.

It marked one of Darling's first road races, as the Ovid, Michigan, native is in his first full year as a professional racer.

Darling started the race with the leaders and was in the lead pack with a mile to go before Quigley and Landry broke away.

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McDonald finishes 10th in 5000 meters at World Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. - Incoming Wisconsin men's track and field freshman Morgan McDonald placed 10th in the 5000 meters at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field.

McDonald, a native of Sydney, Australia, finished the race in 14:10.08.

The reigning Australian junior cross country champion and Australian junior 5000 meters champion, McDonald finished 33rd at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 23:21.00. He qualified for the World Juniors in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:07.1.

This summer at the Harry Jerome Track Classic in preparation for World Juniors, McDonald ran a 4:04.01 mile.

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