Hanson's third-place finish highlights second day at Big Tens


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March 1, 2014

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GENEVA, Ohio -- Sophomore Molly Hanson has settled into the Badgers track and field program quite well.

The Dodgeville, Wis., native and Marquette University transfer raced her way onto the podium with an impressive run of 4 minutes, 41.62 seconds that earned her a third-place finish in the mile on the final day of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Hanson found herself on the podium despite competing in the event for just the second time this season. She ran at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 8 and placed fourth with a time of 4:42.60.

Her mark Saturday was over five seconds faster than her preliminary time and stands as her personal record by nearly a second. 

Last year at Marquette, Hanson broke the Marquette indoor freshman record in the mile after running a 4:48.79 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.

Emma-Lisa Murphy and Erin Cawley, who placed 6th and 11th, respectively, in the 3000 meters Friday, returned to the track to post strong showings for the Badgers in distance events.

Murphy finished sixth with a time of 16:27.25, smashing her previous personal record by nearly 10 seconds. Cawley took 10th and crossed in 16:31.13 while Anne Gregory -- competing in the unseeded section -- took seventh with a time of 17:30.00.

Michigan's Erin Finn won the event and broke the SPIRE Institute record by finishing in 15:52.11.

Angela Boushea also enjoyed success on the day and gave UW three points by placing sixth in the weight throw. Her toss of 62 feet, 2 1/2 inches was her third-best effort of the year and was less than an inch short of giving her a top-five finish. Purdue's Dani Bunch won with a mark of 71-10 1/4. 

Senior Laura McGinnis also smashed her personal record in the triple jump and placed 12th. She leaped 39-11 1/2 to top her previous best by an inch.

The Badgers will conclude the indoor season Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

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