Feb. 8, 2014
NEW YORK - Two top-five finishes in the championship 3000 meters and another top-three finish for junior Deanna Latham highlighted the Badgers' effort in the final day of the Armory Collegiate Invitation at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York City.
Erin Cawley and Emma-Lisa Murphy put together some of the strongest performances for UW this season in the 3000 meters. Cawley placed third and clocked in at 9 minutes, 34.57 seconds while Murphy didn't stray too far behind and finished fifth in 9:44.30. Only Columbia's Caroline Williams (9:34.07) and Albany's Silvia Del Fava (9:33.50) finished ahead of Cawley.
Molly Hanson also found success in long distance competition. She finished fourth in the championship mile and beat the previous best mile mark for UW this season by almost 16 seconds. She clocked in at 4:42.60 while Rachel Schneider won with a time of 4:37.98 while competing unattached.
The Badgers also enjoyed success in a handful of field events. Deanna Latham tied for third in the eastern high jump by clearing 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches, Angela Boushea placed sixth in the championship weight throw after a toss of 60-4 and Laura McGinnis took eighth in the college triple jump after soaring 39-5.
McGinnis broke her personal record by two inches with her performance. Her previous top mark was set at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational earlier this year.
In the championship 200 meters, senior Sophie Roth finished 47th with a time of 25.42 while Kimberly Azie took 51st with a time of 25.53.
The Badgers will get back into action Friday, Feb. 14 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Friday's competition will kick off at noon (CT) with the college mile while Saturday's will start with the 200 meters at 1 p.m.