Jan. 28, 2012
• Bill Bergan Results | Penn State National Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin saw a new leader emerge in the shot put this weekend at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa.
Freshman Kelsey Card launched the shot for a mark of 53 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Not only did the throw top Card’s previous personal best, but it also broke teammate Taylor Smith’s short-lived school record (53-4 1/2).
Smith’s own mark of 53-3 3/4 earned her second place in Saturday’s event.
Junior Jasmine Boyer came in just behind with a distance of 51-6 1/2 to take third place.
The shot put was just one of five events the Badgers won in the Bill Bergan Invitational to lift UW to the team title.
UW notched 71 points to claim in the win in the team race. Kansas State took second with 63.5 points, followed by South Dakota in third with 44 points. Host Iowa State placed fourth with 42 points.
Smith also made an appearance in the weight throw, an event she continues to dominate after remaining undefeated this season. Smith’s toss of 67-2 took first place as she competed in a Wisconsin uniform for the first time this season after making a pair of unattached appearances.
Sophomore Abby Lueck placed second with a throw of 60-9.
The reigning Big Ten indoor champion, senior Monika Jakutyte took another win home for the Badgers in the high jump. With a clearance of 5 feet, 10 3/4 inches, Jakutyte won the event to add to the team total.
Teammate Dorcas Akinniyi also placed in the high jump, as her clearance of 5-7 earned her fifth place.
Jordan Helgren continued the wins for UW in the triple jump. Helgren took first with a leap of 40 feet, 9 1/2 inches. Sophomore Laura McGinnis came in close behind with a jump of 37-10 for second place.
Wisconsin’s fifth win of the day came in the 60 hurdles. Sophomore Deanna Latham won the event with a time of 8.65 seconds. Fellow multi-event athlete Jessica Flax came in in fifth, crossing the finish line at 8.77.
The Badgers also had good showings in the pole vault and 200 meters, taking second-place performances in both.
Freshman Jessica Vardas launched herself over the bar at a height of 12-5 1/2 for second place and a personal-best in the pole vault Sophomore Maya Vazquez took second in the 200 with a time of 24.97.
Wisconsin can also add another win to the weekend’s competition from their effort at Penn State National on Friday.
Freshman Gabrielle Anzalone won the 5000 meters, clocking in at 16 minutes, 57.30 second -- or 20 seconds faster than her nearest competitor in the race.
Senior Dani Fischer also had a showing the mile at Penn State, wrapping up a fifth-place finish at 5:00.61, a personal-best effort.
Junior Liga Blyholder performed in the invitational section of the mile. With a personal-best time of 4:51.05, Blyholder took ninth place.
The Badgers are back on the road next week as they head to the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.