Feb. 7, 2014
MADISON, Wis.-- Junior Deanna Latham's season just keeps getting better.
One week after winning the pentathlon at the Bill Bergan Invitation in Ames, Iowa, the Newbury, Mass., native broke her school record in the 60 hurdles by one-tenth of a second in the semifinals with a time of 8.33 before tying for third in the finals with a time of 8.41 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City Friday night.
Latham posted two of her top-3 finishes in the event this season, as she clocked in at 8.36 in the prelims.
Another bright spot for Wisconsin was freshman sprinter Kimberly Azie. Competing for just the second time this season, the Bolingbrook, Ill., native won the college 60 meters. Azie's time of 7.56 seconds beat out Mississippi State's Euricka Hardy by just one-tenth of a second. Only Kris Elring's (7.49) mark from 1984 and Shuntia Lucas's (7.44) time from the 2006 season stand ahead of Azie's performance Friday.
Azie advanced to the finals after posting the top time in the prelims with a 7.64. Wisconsin's Sophie Roth was just one-tenth of a second from advancing to the finals after her time of 7.75 in the prelims.
One other Badger competed in championship events in the first day of competition in Angela Boushea. She placed 21st in the shot put after her toss of 42 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Boushea will compete in the championship weight toss tomorrow.
Junior Courtney Walden posted another solid mark in the pole vault as she posted her second-best mark of the season as part of a third-place finish in the college competition Friday. Her mark of 12-7 1/2 was two inches off of her personal record and four inches off of Clemson's Caroline Bond's first-place mark.
Wisconsin placed fourth in the college distance medley with a time of 11:50.60 in the final event of the day.
Day two of competition will begin at 7:30 a.m. (CT) with the college women's 5000 meters.