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Akinniyi strong in debut with pentathlon win

ON WISCONSIN <b> Junior Taylor Smith continues to go undefeated in the weight throw <b/>
Junior Taylor Smith continues to go undefeated in the weight throw

Feb. 3, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Led by senior Dorcas Akinniyi, the Wisconsin women's track and field team is off to a fast start at the Frank Sevigne Invitational.

Akinniyi took the win the pentathlon Friday in Lincoln, Neb., the bulk of Friday's events for the Badgers. Wisconsin won three out of five of the events that make up the pentathlon, two of the wins going to the overall champion, Akinniyi.

Akinniyi took the top spot in both the high jump and the shot put. The senior cleared the bar at 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump, over two inches above her closest competitor, Nebraska's Anne Martin at 5-5 3/4. With a personal-best throw of 42 feet, 3 1/2 inches, Akinniyi also won the shot put.

In the 60 hurdles, Akinniyi took fourth at 8.77 seconds, coming in just behind teammate Deanna Latham's third-place finish (8.75) and senior Jessica Flax's victory in the event (7.84).

With added points from a third-place long jump mark of 18 feet, 5 /4 inches and an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters in 2:30.79, Akinniyi racked up 3,991 points for the win.

Flax was the next Badger to finish, taking fourth place with 3,789 points. Her win in the 60 hurdles, fourth-place finish in the high jump (5-2 1/4), second-place showing in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 41-4 1/4, seventh-place finish in the long jump and another runner-up finish in the 800 meters (2:21.56) added up to the fourth-place showing.

Latham, a freshman, came in just behind Flax in fifth place. She took sixth place in the high jump (5-1), third in the shot put (41-2 1/5), second in the long jump (18-9 1/2) and seventh place in the 800 meters (2:30.58) to combine for a score of 3,769 points.

Two Badgers were featured in the long jump. Sophomore Maya Vazquez leapt for 18 feet, 5 inches to take fifth in the event. Fellow sophomore Laura McGinnis placed eighth with a jump of 18 1/2.

In the weight throw, Taylor Smith continued her undefeated season. With a launch of 66 feet, 1 1/2 inches, Smith won the event by over four feet.

Sophomore Angela Boushea took fourth with a personal-best mark of 60-4.

Fellow sophomore Abby Lueck threw for 56-10 3/4 to land in 10th place.

Freshman Kelsey Card wrapped up the Badgers' competitors in the weight throw by finishing in 23rd place with a toss of 50-6 1/4.

Four preliminaries also took place Friday, with the finals to run scheduled for Saturday. Freshman Marissa Savitch took 18th in the 60 hurdles with a time 9.01.

In the 60 meters, sophomore Sophie Roth took 15th, clocking in at 7.75, and senior Katie Duchow placed 26th with a time of 7.93.

Junior Carrie Edmunds was the Badgers' sole runner in the 400 meters, taking 16th in a time of 58.11.

Duchow and Roth returned for the 200 meters preliminary, along with sophomore Vazquez. Duchow placed 20th with a time of 25.63, and Roth's time of 25.59 placed her 16th.

Vazquez was the only Badger to earn herself a spot in Saturday's finals. Clocking in at 25.04, Vazquez took sixth place and will run again Saturday.

The Frank Sevigne Invitational continues Saturday, beginning at (CT). Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.

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