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Jakutyte reaches new heights to lead Badgers

<b> Junior Taylor Smith won the shot put for the third time this season <b/>

Junior Taylor Smith won the shot put for the third time this season

Feb. 4, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Monika Jakutyte’s title defense continued on the right track Saturday at the same site where she’ll defend her crown later this month.

The senior was the highlight of Saturday’s competition for the Wisconsin women’s track and field team Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

Jakutyte -- the defending Big Ten champion in the event -- claimed the high jump with a personal-best height of 6 feet, jumping all the way to the No. 3 spot on Wisconsin’s all-time performance list.

Also placing in the high jump was senior Dorcas Akinniyi, coming off Friday’s win in the pentathlon. Akinniyi cleared a height of 5 feet, 7 inches for third place.

In the triple jump, senior Jordan Helgren took fourth with a mark of 40 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Sophomore Laura McGinnis placed 14th, landing at 36-8 1/2.

The Badgers also continued their undefeated streak on the season in the shot put. Junior Taylor Smith claimed the win this week with a throw of 53 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

Freshman Kelsey Card, who claimed the shot put title at last week’s Bill Bergan Invitational, placed second with a mark of 53-1 3/4.  Junior Jasmine Boyer completed the Badgers’ 1-2-3 sweep at 51-1 3/4 to earn third place.

Sophomore Abby Lueck placed sixth, throwing 47-11 1/4.

On the track, two Badgers newcomers competed in two sections of the 3000 meters. Junior Hanna Knurr won unseeded 3000 meters with a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 58.08 seconds. 

In the special section of the 3000 meters, senior Kyla Chapman took fourth by clocking in at 9:50.69.
In the 600 meters, junior Brittney Harper ran a time of 1:33.67 for second place.

Several consolation sections took place on Saturday, as well. Sophomore Sophie Roth ran for 25.51 for seventh place and took sixth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.80.

UW closed out the meet with their first relay effort of the season. Seniors Katie Duchow, Flax and juniors Harper and Carrie Edmunds ran as a team in the 4x400 relay’s seeded section and clocked in at 3:48.54 for a sixth-place finish.

The Badgers head to their final road event of the indoor season before the Big Ten championships when they travel to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend.

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