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Badgers put wraps on regular season at home

<b>Senior Taylor Smith won the weight throw with a mark of 69 feet, 11 1/2 inches.</b>

Senior Taylor Smith won the weight throw with a mark of 69 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Feb. 15, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team had one final tune-up before the start of championship season, and the Badgers made the most of the opportunity Friday.

With the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships only a week away, the Badgers closed out the regular season with a dominating performance, winning 10 of the 11 events at UW's own Red & White Open inside The Shell.

The throwing events were the highlight of the field event competition, with the Badgers taking the top four places in the weight throw and finishing 1-2-3 in the shot put.

Taylor Smith has been putting up impressive numbers all season long in the weight throw and shot put, and Friday's performance was no exception.

The senior recorded a mark of 69 feet, 11 1/2 inches in the weight throw -- a lone centimeter off her own school record -- which puts Smith in a tie for the sixth-best mark in the nation and ranks her second in Big Ten.

Sophomore Kelsey Card recorded a throw of 62-8 to take second place, while junior Abby Lueck came in third with an effort of 62-3 1/4. Sophomore Angela Boushea closed out the event for the Badgers, taking fourth with a mark of 60-3 3/4.

Card, ranked No. 21 nationally in the event, led the way for Wisconsin in the shot put by winning with a mark of 54-2. Smith, who ranks just behind her teammate at No. 22 nationally, took second with a throw of 52-04 3/4, while Lueck recorded a mark of 48-4 1/2 for a third-place finish.

Wisconsin also had a strong showing in the pole vault, with redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby winning the event with a clearance of 12-3 1/2 over teammate Courtney Walden, who cleared the same bar but finished second on the criteria of misses.

Sophomore Jessica Vardas finished third with a mark of 11-9 3/4.

While competing unattached, UW senior Dorcas Akinniyi -- who exhausted her indoor eligibility last season but will compete for the Badgers outdoors -- won the high jump with a clearance of 5-7 1/4. Redshirt freshman teammate Brooke Richardson took second by getting over the bar at 5-3 1/4.

In the long jump, senior Alexis Mitchell took second with a personal-best mark of 18-9 3/4, while redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes placed third by leaping 17-6 1/4.

On the track, Wisconsin dominated the 3000 meters, with Badgers sweeping places 1-10. Senior Hanna Knurr won the event with a career-best time of 9 minutes, 44.55 seconds, which shattered her previous personal-best effort of 9:56.77.

Freshman Madeline Timm competed unattached and took second with a time of 10:02.21, while sophomore Kristen Yarrows finished third in 10:06.37. Senior Megan Beers took fourth while competing unattached with a run of 10:06.86, and freshman Colleen McNulty rounded out the top five with a time of 10:10.17.

In the sprints, freshman Kimberly Azie competed unattached and won the 60 meters with a time of 7.77. Junior Sophie Roth claimed second in 7.86.

In the 60 hurdles, sophomore Katelyn Malcore finished in first place with a run of 8.99.

Also for Wisconsin, sophomore Grace Heglund-Lohman won the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.21, freshman Lauren Holtz won the 800 meters with a run of 2:15.97 and junior Laura McGinnis took home the title in the triple jump with a leap of 38-7 1/2.

After closing out the regular season at home, the Badgers will start the championship season on the road, when they travel to the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championship at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.

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