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Badgers open busy weekend of competition

<b> Senior Megan Beers took 19th in the 800 Meters <b/>

Senior Megan Beers took 19th in the 800 Meters

Feb. 10, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Several members of the Wisconsin women's track and field team got a start on bringing their preparations for the Big Ten championships to a close Friday.

The Badgers' multi-event athletes spent the opening day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., getting work in some of the events that make up the five-discipline pentathlon they'll compete in later this month at the Big Ten indoor championships.

Junior Jessica Flax led the way in the 60 hurdles with a run of 8.75 seconds, while redshirt freshman Deanna Latham turned in a time of 8.78 -- but neither advanced to Saturday's final round.

Latham also competed in the long jump, leading a group of three Badgers with her leap of 17 feet, 8 3/4 inches that was good for 27th place. Senior Dorcas Akinniyi -- the defending Big Ten pentathlon champion -- posted a leap of 17-8 for 29th place and finished one spot ahead of senior Jordan Helgren, who was 30th with her mark of 17-5 1/4.

Wrapping up the day in Fayetteville was Jessie Vardas, who claimed a 10th-place finish in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Sophomore Erin Krause led the charge for the Badgers at the Iowa State Classic, turning in a run of 2 minutes, 14.11 seconds to take 11th place in the 800 meters. Senior Megan Beers finished 19th in a time of 2:15.11, with Liz Sequin 25th in 2:16.68.

In the mile, senior Dani Fischer clocked in at 5:02.25 to take 19th place, just ahead of teammate Rachel McNally (5:02.49) in 20th. Victoria Paulson finished 30th in 5:08.40.

Sophie Roth clocked in at 7.78 in the preliminary round of the 60 meters but fell just short of advancing to Saturday's final. Roth then came back for a 24th-place finish in the 200 meters, posting a time of 25.39. Senior Katie Duchow also doubled, clocking in at 7.96 in the 60 and taking 32nd in the 200 with a time of 25.63.

Sophomore Natalie Tarter posted a time of 9.30 seconds in the prelims of the 60 hurdles to round out the Badgers' day in Ames.

Both the Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic conclude Saturday, while the Badgers' throwers also are set to compete at the UW-Platteville Invitational.

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