Feb. 9, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Deanna Latham needed only to clear a few hurdles Friday to break a major barrier.
The Wisconsin sophomore put up a historic performance at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, breaking Wisconsin's school record in the 60 hurdles with a run of 8.39 seconds.
Latham set the record, and finished with the top time in the field, in the preliminary round of the 60 hurdles at the Lied Recreation Center.
The performance broke Melissa Talbot's all-time mark of 8.41 from the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships. The showing ranks Latham 31st in the nation and places her fourth in the event among Big Ten athletes.
Latham entered the weekend ranked 34th nationally in the hurdles after she recorded the time of 8.42 seconds at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames on Jan. 26. That performance was the second-fastest time in Wisconsin history.
In addition to her record-breaking performance in the 60 hurdles, Latham also recorded a win in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 9 feet, 8 3/4 inches. The mark puts Latham sixth on UW's all-time performance list.
Also for Wisconsin, senior Jessica Flax finished third in the 60 hurdles prelims with a time of 8.63, while sophomore Katelyn Malcore finished 32nd in 9.15.
Both Latham and Flax will race in the final of the event Saturday.
In the 60 meters preliminary round, junior Sophie Roth finished 19th with a time of 7.87 and Malcore took 39th, finishing in 8.26. Redshirt freshman Colleen McNulty took 14th in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:08.79.
Junior Rachel McNally placed fifth in the mile, finishing in a time of 5:00.72. Junior Lavinia Jurkiewicz took eighth with a time of 5:03.40.
Wisconsin also saw strong performances in the 600 yard run, with sophomore Elizabeth Duxbury and junior Abbie Weigel finishing 1-2 in the event. Duxbury won the race in a time of 1:25.48, while Weigel took second in 1:25.48. Sophomore Grace Heglund-Lohman finished sixth (1:27.60) and senior Carrie Edmunds took eighth (1:27.98).
In the non-seeded field events, sophomore Jessica Vardas finished second in the pole vault with a clearance of 11-2 1/4 and junior Abby Lueck took second in the shot put with a mark of 46-4.
Action at the Cyclone Classic continues on Saturday. Event finals and seeded field events resumes at 11 a.m., so make sure to check back to UWBadgers.com for updated information on their performances.