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Card goes long to boost case for NCAA berth

<b> Freshman Courtney Walden's clearance of 12-7 1/2 is the third highest in Wisconsin history </b>

Freshman Courtney Walden's clearance of 12-7 1/2 is the third highest in Wisconsin history

March 2, 2012


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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team wrapped up its last home meet of the season this Friday with the Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier at The Shell and freshman Kelsey Card saved the best for last.

With a throw of 54 feet, 10 inches, Card shattered her own school record by eight inches and won the competition. Card ranks 14th nationally with the throw and is the only freshman in the NCAA's top-20 in the shot put. Friday's performance places her in prime position to earn a ticket to her first NCAA championships.

Junior Taylor Smith took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 52-1 3/4.

In the weight throw Smith continued her strong season-long performance. Winning the event with a mark of 67 feet, 4 inches, Smith walked away with her seventh victory in eight meets of the season.

Freshman Angela Boushea landed in second with a throw of 61-9 1/2. Boushea's mark was a personal-best by a foot.  Sophomore Abby Lueck was the Badgers' third representative in the weight throw and threw 59-7 for fifth place.

Freshman Jenny Svobodny competed in her second collegiate meet and threw a distance of 52-0 to best her last performance by over five feet.

Freshman Courtney Walden posted a clearance of 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the pole vault, a personal best that ranks as the third-best performance in UW history. The height was enough to win the event. Fellow freshman Jessica Vardas cleared a bar at 11-11 3/4 for second place.

In the triple jump, senior Jordan Helgren easily took the win with a leap of 40 feet, 7 inches, outdistancing her competition by over five feet. Sophomore Laura McGinnis landed in second with a jump of 37-3 1/4.

On the track, Wisconsin saw some winning performances from unattached freshmen.

In the 400 meters, the freshmen trio of Elizabeth Duxbury, Abbie Wiegel and Ella Willaquette went 1-2-3. Duxbury clocked in at 1:01.10, Weigel at 101:49 and Willaquette crossed the finish line at 1:01.97.

Unattached freshman Gabrielle Effrein won the mile with a time of 5:16.37. Freshman Dana Steffen took second at 5:19.01.

Running unattached in the 3000 meters, freshman Rebecca Stoebe crossed the line at 10:40.02 for the win. Fellow freshman Erica Speigelberg took second with a time of 10:44.11.

In the 60 meters, freshman Katelyn Malcore raced for a personal-best time of 8.05 to win the event.

At Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational, sophomore Liga Blyholder and juniors Carrie Edmunds, Brittney Harper and Ashley Beutler combined for a time of 11:31.31 to take fifth place in the distance medley relay.

The Alex Wilson Invitational continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT). The 400 meters will feature performances from Harper and Edmunds.

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