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Badgers open first major outdoor weekend

<b>Ashley Beutler competed in her first steeplechase of the season on Friday.</b>

Ashley Beutler competed in her first steeplechase of the season on Friday.

March 30, 2013

Results: Stanford  |  San Francisco State  |  Georgia Tech

MADISON, Wis. -- With the 2013 outdoor season underway, the Wisconsin women's track and field began a busy weekend on the road Friday, sending athletes to four different meets across the country.

Wisconsin opened the day with the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, where several distance runners competed for the Badgers.

Junior Elizabeth Wendt ran to a seventh-place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 15.82 seconds. In the 1500 meters, Megan Beers earned third place with a time of 4:34.81, while teammate Rachel McNally took 13th in 4:40.21.

UW's Ashley Beutler started off the competition for the Badgers at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., with the senior taking 12th in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:29.48.

In the 10,000 meters, redshirt freshman Gabrielle Anzalone placed 26th in her collegiate debut in the event with a time of 34:53.97.

Also for Wisconsin, several throwers traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech's Griffin Track, with three UW throwers opening up competition for the Badgers in the hammer throw.

Leading UW in the event was junior Abby Lueck, who took second behind a career-best mark of 182 feet, 7 inches. Sophomore Angela Boushea placed fifth with a throw of 170-2, while senior Taylor Smith recorded three fouls and did not earn a mark.

Wisconsin's throwers continue competition on Saturday, with Smith competing in the discus and shot put and sophomore Emmon Rogers and freshman Brianna Bower representing the Badgers in the javelin.

In addition to the Yellow Jacket Invitational and Stanford Invitational, the Badgers continue competing on Saturday with the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale, Ill., and the Westmont Collegiate Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.

At Stanford, races on the track begin at 10:10 a.m.

Several members of the team are set to compete at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, the debut event for the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex at Southern Illinois University.

Competing for the Badgers are redshirt freshmen Fiona Baus and Brooke Richardson in the high jump, redshirt freshman Kara Krugel in the triple jump, sophomore Sophie Roth in the 100 meters and 200 meters and redshirt freshman Dana Steffen in the steeplechase.

Badgers will also compete in the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, while nine UW distance athletes are entered in the 5000 meters.

Additionally, Wisconsin's multi-event athletes -- senior Dorcas Akinniyi, sophomore Deanna Latham and redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes -- will take part in the Westmont Collegiate Classic. The trio will compete in several events to prepare for the heptathlon later this season.

The action begins with field events at 10:30 a.m., followed by races on the track at 11 a.m.

Several field event athletes will join the trio, with senior Alexis Mitchell competing in the long jump, sophomore Jessica Vardas, sophomore Courtney Walden and redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby competing in the pole vault.

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