March 23, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team opened the 2013 outdoor season this weekend at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Several throwers competed for the Badgers, posting strong season-opening performances in the javelin, discus and hammer throw.
On Friday, redshirt freshman Briana Bower began her collegiate career with a strong performance in the javelin, finishing third with a mark of 135 feet, 7 inches. Sophomore Emmon Rogers placed 11th with an effort of 112-8.
The Badgers continued posting big marks on Saturday. Coming off of an All-America finish in the weight throw at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, Taylor Smith opened her outdoor campaign with a win in the discus. The senior won the event with a throw of 172-1.
In addition to claiming a win in the discus, Smith placed fourth in the hammer throw with a career-best effort of 187-0. The mark surpassed her previous best of 179-6 from last year.
Also competing in the hammer throw for the Badgers, junior Abby Lueck threw a mark of 175-1 to take seventh, while sophomore Angela Boushea placed 11th at 167-6.
With the outdoor season underway, the Badgers will hit the road again next weekend to compete in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., next Friday, March 29.