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Field event success powers Badgers at Elite Invitational

ON WISCONSIN <b> Senior Taylor Smith won the shot put and took second place in the weight throw. </b>
Senior Taylor Smith won the shot put and took second place in the weight throw.

Jan. 19, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 16-ranked Wisconsin women's track and field team continued its success at home Saturday, as the Badgers played host to the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.

The Badgers recorded strong performances both in the field and on the track, winning six events inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell).

Wisconsin throwers continued their early-season success, claiming top-five performances in both the shot put and the weight throw.

Senior Taylor Smith won the shot put, recording a personal-best mark of 53 feet, 9 1/4 inches to upset Illinois State senior Brittany Smith, who entered the weekend ranked No. 8 nationally in the event.

The Badgers' Smith now ranks in a tie for 12th nationally and and second in the Big Ten, trailing only teammate Kelsey Card, whose mark of 53-10 1/2 from last Saturday's Badger Track Classic has the sophomore staked to the Big Ten lead.
Card, an All-American and UW's school record-holder in the shot, took second with a mark of 53-1, while Abby Lueck finished in sixth place with a mark of 47-11.

Along with her win in the shot put, Taylor Smith claimed second place in the weight throw, recording a mark of 66-5. She finished behind only Brittany Smith, who ranks No. 2 nationally and won the event with an effort of 68-2 1/4.

Behind Taylor Smith's second-place finish in the weight throw, Wisconsin swept spots 2-5, with Card recording a personal-best mark of 62-11 1/4 to secure third place. Junior Abby Lueck took fourth place, behind a personal-best throw 61-5 1/2, while sophomore Angela Boushea rounded out the top five by throwing 61-0.

The Badgers continued their success in the field events with wins in the pole vault, long jump and high jump.

After opening her 2013 campaign with a win at the Panther Open last Saturday, Jan. 12, redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby claimed a second-straight title by clearing the bar at 12-3 1/2 in the pole vault. Sophomore Jessica Vardas finished in fourth place, while sophomore Courtney Walden took sixth. Both Vardas and Walden cleared 11-9 3/4.

In her Badgers home debut, senior Alexis Mitchell claimed the title in the long jump, winning the event with a mark of 18-0 1/2. It was Mitchell's second-straight win in the event, after she recorded a mark of 18-7 1/4 at the Panther Open.

Mitchell is in her first season competing for the Badgers in track after playing volleyball at UW for four seasons.

Sophomore Deanna Latham won the high jump, clearing a height of 5-6. Freshman Brooke Richardson took third place at 5-2 1/4, while freshman Fiona Baus and senior Jessica Flax each cleared 5-0 1/4 to tie for fourth.

On the track, Flax claimed a win in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.66 seconds, after recording an even faster 8.63 in the preliminaries. Flax also scored a second-place finish in the 60 meters, running a personal-best time of 7.84.

Sophomore Lizzie Wendt took home the title in the 800 meters, finishing in a time of 2 minutes, 16.34 seconds.

Wisconsin closed out the day's events with a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay. Junior Abbie Weigel, junior Elizabeth Sequin, junior Erin Krause and sophomore Elizabeth Duxbury ran the relay in a time of 4:01.86.

After opening the 2013 season with two successful weekends at home, Wisconsin will hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 26, to travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Bill Bergan Invitational.

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