Jan. 12, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 16-ranked Wisconsin women’s track and field team divided its resources on its opening weekend of competition for the 2013 indoor season Saturday, as UW played host to the Badger Track Classic in Madison and sent a number of athletes to the Panther Open in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Wisconsin’s throwers were the highlight of the day at home, with senior Taylor Smith recording a win in the weight throw and sophomore Kelsey Card taking home the title in the shot put.
A second-team All-American and UW’s school record-holder, Smith won the weight throw with a mark of 64 feet, 10 3/4 inches, while Card claimed second in the event at 61-5 1/2.
Sophomore Anglea Boushea finished fourth with a throw of 59-0 1/4.
Smith entered the season ranked fourth among returning athletes in the weight throw. She qualified for the NCAA meet last year and finished 16th.
Card, an All-American and school record-holder in her own right, claimed the win in the shot put with a throw of 53-10 1/2. Card came into the season ranked ninth in the nation among returners from 2012, after claiming a sixth-place finish at last year’s NCAA championships as a freshman.
Smith, who is ranked 17th in the nation among returners, finished second with a mark of 53-2 1/4. Junior Abby Lueck came in fifth with a throw of 48-5 1/4.
After their strong performances in the shot put Saturday, Card and Smith stand 1-2 in the Big Ten in the event.
Field events were also a strength for the Badgers at the Panther Open, but Wisconsin really made noise by winning six races on the track, as well.
In the triple jump, Wisconsin finished 1-2 as junior Laura McGinnis posted a winning jump of 39 feet, 10 1/2 inches, while redshirt freshman Kara Krugel took second with a mark of 37-6 3/4.
Senior Alexis Mitchell, who joined the team after completing her eligibility for the UW volleyball team in the fall, competed in her first collegiate track event and won long jump with a mark of 18-7 1/4. Mithchell’s mark ranks above any UW performance from the 2012 indoor season.
Senior Jessica Flax finished in fifth place, leaping 17-2 to complement her win in the 60-meter hurdles, which she claimed in a time of 8.74 seconds.
Along with her long jump win, Mitchell claimed second place in the 200 meters, finishing in 26.93 seconds.
Junior Sophie Roth won that event with a time of 26.41 to start a very successful day. Roth also recorded a win in the 60 meters, crossing the finish in a time of 7.90 seconds.
In the 800 meters, junior Liz Sequin claimed the win, taking the event in a time of 2 minutes, 19.94 seconds.
Wisconsin swept the first three spots in the 1000 meters, with freshman Colleen McNulty winning the event in 2:59.57. Freshman Lauren Holtz finished close behind in second place, recording a time of 2:56.78, while junior Rachel McNally rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in a time of 2:57.68.
In the 3000 meters, redshirt freshman Dana Steffen won in 10:19.89. Sophomore Erica Speigelberg finished third with a time of 10:29.42, while Rebecca Stoebe claimed fourth in 10:32.93.
Also for Wisconsin, redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby won the pole vault, clearing a height of 12 feet, 5 1/2 inches, and Brooke Richardson won the high jump at 5-5.
The Badgers now look to next weekend’s Wisconsin Elite Invitational, which will be held next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19 inside The Shell.