March 1, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- Kelsey Card had one last chance, and she made the most of it.
Now, she’ll spend the weekend playing the waiting game.
Card smashed her season-best mark in the shot put with a heave of 55 feet, 3 1/2 inches Friday at the Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, an effort that could power her back to the NCAA championships.
The performance ranks Card 14th nationally in the event, a tenuous position on the final weekend of competition before the qualifying window for the NCAA meet closes. Unlike in previous seasons, when predetermined qualifying standard helped set the field, the NCAA is using a hard cap to determine qualifiers to the national meet.
That means Card must rank in the nation’s top 16 in the shot put to get an invitation to the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, which are set for March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Whether or not Card makes the cut will depend on how other athletes perform across the country this weekend. As a freshman at last year’s NCAA meet, Card earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the shot put.
Senior Taylor Smith entered the day ranked 25th nationally in the shot put with a mark of 53-9 1/4 from earlier this season, but was unable to improve that mark. Smith placed second with an effort of 53-1 3/4.
In addition to Card’s win in the shot put, the Badgers also saw winning performances in the long jump, triple jump, pole vault and high jump.
Taking home titles for Wisconsin were senior Alexis Mitchell in the long jump with a leap of 18-10 and sophomore Deanna Latham in the high jump with a clearance of 5-4 1/4.
In the pole vault, Wisconsin finished 1-2 behind sophomore Courtney Walden, who the event with a clearance of 12-3 1/2. Redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby took second with a height of 11-11 3/4.
Also for Wisconsin, junior Laura McGinnis won the triple jump with a career-best mark of 39-3 1/4, while teammate freshman Kara Krugel jumped to a third-place finish with a leap of 36-4.
The Badgers not only won five field events, but also took home four wins on the track.
Junior Sophie Roth won the 60 meters with a season-best time of 7.74 seconds and took second in the 200 meters with a run of 25.90.
In the 5000 meters, freshman Erin Rosewicz won the event with a time of 18:27.27. Freshman Grace Meuer competed unattached for Wisconsin and ran to a second-place finish in 18:33.64 and sophomore Rebecca Stoebe placed third with a run of 18:36.97.
Additionally, sophomore Lizzie Wendt won the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:13.37 and freshman Anne Gregory won the 3000 meters, recording a time of 10:08.46.