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Full speed ahead for Badgers at Husker Invitational

ON WISCONSIN <b>Dorcas Akinniyi finished second in her first pentathlon of the season.</b>
Dorcas Akinniyi finished second in her first pentathlon of the season.

Feb. 4, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team wrapped up the first day of the Husker invitational on Friday and can look forward to a full slate of event finals on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

Sophomore Dorcas Akinniyi started off the Badgers with her performance in the pentathlon.  Akinniyi posted the field's second-best marks in both the shot put and long jump, with distances of 41 feet, 4 1/4 inches and 18-7 3/4, respectively.

Akinniyi also placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.70 seconds. With those finishes and her performances in the high jump and 800 meters, the two-time All-American came away with third place and an overall score of 3,964 points.

Taylor Smith represented the Badgers with a second place finish in the weight throw. Heaving a throw of 63 feet, 4 inches - the No. 2 mark in UW history - Smith secured the top finish of any collegian in the field.

Smith will look to continue her success in the shot put tomorrow.

From the field to the track, the Badgers continued to push themselves.

Junior Egle Staisiunaite competed in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, aiming for Saturday's finals. With a second-place finish in her heat and a time of 8.62 to place seventh overall, Staisiunaite punched her ticket to Saturday's final.

Staisiunaite also competed in the 400 meters, finishing second in her heat with a time of 57.34, just narrowly missing a qualifying time for Saturday's final.

Brittney Harper, meanwhile, will be racing in the final. With a time of 55.75, Harper won her heat and took third overall in the prelims to earn a spot among the eight finalists.

Harper's performance also ranks as the fifth-fastest 400 meters time in UW history.

Freshman Maya Vazquez (58.35) and sophomore Carrie Edmunds (59.43) both placed third in their heats, while sophomore Jameice DeCoster finished second in her heat at 57.50.

The second day of the Husker Invitational starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.

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