Feb. 1, 2013
• Frank Sevigne Results
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The more things change, the more they stay the same.
A new name sits atop the Big Ten in the pentathlon but, not surprisingly, it belongs to an athlete from Wisconsin.
Dorcas Akinniyi's three-year reign atop the conference has come to an end with Akinniyi exhausting her indoor eligibility, but Deanna Latham did her part to keep the Badgers at the top in the event on Friday.
Latham smashed her previous personal best to hold off teammate Jessica Flax and win the pentathlon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
The sophomore racked up a score of 4,024 points over the course of the five-discipline event to leap into the Big Ten lead. Flax improved her personal best by a single point, tallying 4,009 points to take second and move into the No. 2 spot on the conference leaderboard.
Latham opened with a win in the 60 hurdles, finishing in a time of 8.49 seconds to get her seasonal debut off to a fast start. Flax was second in 8.55.
Adding to her win in the hurdles, Latham finished in a tie for first place in the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet, 7 inches, while Flax finished in fourth with a clearance of 5-4 1/2.
Flax added points to her score by taking third in the shot put with a mark of 41-7 3/4. Latham placed sixth with a throw of 36-11 3/4 and then closed out the pentathlon with a second-place finish in the long jump, leaping 18-9 3/4 to secure the win. Flax placed seventh with a mark of 17-9 1/2.
The duo of Latham and Flax are the eighth and ninth collegians to top the 4,000-point plateau this season.
Also for the Badgers, redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes finished in 10th with a score of 3,420. Her highest finish was in the high jump, where she took seventh with a height of 5-3 1/4.
The Badgers also have athletes competing at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational and UW-Whitewater's Squiq Invitational. Check back to UWBadgers.com for a complete recap.