Jan. 26, 2013
AMES, Iowa -- The No. 18-ranked Wisconsin women’s track and field team faced its first big road test of the season Saturday, when they attended the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
Wisconsin took second at the team-scored Invitational, which was held inside Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Facility.
With strong competitors in attendance, including No. 9-ranked host team Iowa State, the Badgers finished with 90 points to take second, while the host Cyclones won the team title with 103 points.
Strong performances both in the field and on the track contributed to UW’s success.
Starting the invitational with throwing events meant starting the day with a win for the Badgers. Senior Taylor Smith opened the competition with a win in the weight throw, claming the title with a mark of 66 feet, 9 3/4 inches.
Junior Abby Lueck took fourth place in the weight throw with a throw of 60-11 1/4, and sophomore Angela Boushea took seventh with an effort of 57-11 3/4.
Also in the throws, Smith finished in fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 51-0, while Lueck took seventh place at 47-6 1/2.
The field event success continued with Deanna Latham taking second place in the long jump with a mark of 19-2. Behind Latham, senior Alexis Mitchell took fourth with a leap of 18-3, while Yolanda Hayes-Barnes finished in fifth place with an effort of 18-2 1/4.
In the pole vault, redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby took second and sophomore Courtney Walden third, both clearing a height of 12-3 1/2.
In addition to the success Wisconsin saw off the track, the Badgers also had strong performances in the running events, which helped push the team to its second-place finish.
The distance runners put up strong performances on the 300-meter oval, which is regarded as one of the fastest tracks in the nation. In her season debut, senior Ashley Beutler won the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 52.68 seconds.
Senior Caitlin Comfort took third in the 3000 meters, finishing the event in a personal-best time of 9:23.31. Sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone crossed the line just after Comfort in fourth place with a time of 9:26.71.
Also for Wisconsin, the duo of Latham and senior Jessica Flax finished 1-2 in the 60 hurdles. Latham won the event with a time of 8.42, while Flax took second in 8.52.
Wisconsin will hit the road again next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, when members of the team head to different locations.
Field event athletes will attend the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., whilr runners will head to the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Several other Badgers will compete in the Squig Invitational in Whitewater, Wis.