March 23, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team opened its outdoor season this Friday with the SEC/Big Ten Challenge in Starkville, Miss.
A head-to-head competition between the SEC and Big Ten, the challenge pitted Big Ten teams Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue against Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
Though the SEC managed to come out on top with a score of 390 points, Wisconsin helped the Big Ten to a score of 323 with multiple point-scoring finishes, including six runner-up finishes and an event win.
Junior Brittney Harper represented Wisconsin in the winners’ circle by scoring the top finish in the 800 meters, clocking in at 2 minutes, 10.27 seconds.
In the 1500 meters, junior Ashley Beutler took second, crossing the finish line in a personal-best 4:26.47. Sophomore Liga Blyholder followed behind with her own personal-best time of 4:27.10.
Senior Jessica Flax competed in the 100 hurdles and finished sixth, crossing the finish line in 14.15.
In the 400 hurdles, junior Carrie Edmunds took sixth as well, with a time of 1:03.15.
Junior Hanna Knurr and senior Dani Fischer both competed in their first 3,000-meter steeplechase. Knurr ran a time of 10:45.38 for third place and Fischer took fifth with 11:03.11.
In the 4x400 relay, the Wisconsin team of Edmunds, Harper, Flax and senior Katie Duchow took sixth with a time of 3:48.23.
Off the track, the field events opened with the hammer throw. Junior Jasmine Boyer and sophomore Abby Lueck both threw personal bests that put them in Wisconsin’s record books.
Boyer took second in the event, throwing for 175 feet, 2 inches, a mark that ranks the fourth-best throw in UW history.
Lueck launched a throw 166-3 for the No. 9 toss in school history.
However, the Badgers didn’t stop there.
Freshman Kelsey Card competed in her first outdoor collegiate competition to place her name in the Wisconsin books in both the shot put and discus.
Card threw for a mark of 49-5 1/2 in the shot put for the sixth-best throw in UW history and took fourth in the event. In the discus, the freshman launched for a distance of 152-10 for the No. 7 throw in Badger history.
Junior Taylor Smith also competed in the shot put and discus. Smith took second in both events, with a mark of 50-3 1/2 in the shot put and 165-10 in the discus.
In the javelin, sophomore Deanna Latham claimed Wisconsin’s top finish in the event with a second-place throw of 141 feet, 3 inches. Latham launched herself into Wisconsin’s all-time list in the event, taking over the No. 3 spot.
UW’s record-holder, senior Megan Rennhack, took fourth in the event with a distance of 132-8.
In the jumps, senior Monika Jakutyte started the Badgers off with a second-place finish by clearing a height of 5 feet, 8 inches for second place.
Fellow senior Jordan Helgren took third in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 5 3/4 inches.
In the pole vault, freshman Jessica Vardas took fifth with a clearance of 12-3 1/2, a mark that gives her the No. 4 spot in Wisconsin’s all-time records.
The Badgers head into a week off before they are back on the road, heading west to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 6.