Smith's double leads way on busy weekend for Badgers


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<b>Senior Taylor Smith won the discus and the shot put.</b>

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Senior Taylor Smith won the discus and the shot put.
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March 30, 2013

• Results: Georgia Tech | Stanford | Bill Cornell Spring Classic | Westmont Classic

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field closed out a busy weekend on the road with big wins in the throws and strong performances on the track on Saturday.

The Badgers competed in four different meets across the country, with the highlight of the day coming from Wisconsin’s throwers, who recorded three wins at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech's Griffin Track.

Wisconsin recorded wins in all three events in which Badgers were entered, with senior Taylor Smith taking home wins in the discus and shot put and redshirt freshman Brianna Bower claiming the title in the javelin.

Smith went into the competition ranked 13th in the nation in the discus, after recording a throw of 172 feet, 1 inch, at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays last week.

On Saturday, she improved her season-best mark and national ranking, winning the discus with a throw of 177-5. The performance ranks fourth in the nation among all marks recorded this season.

In addition to her win the discus, Smith won the shot put with an effort of 51-0 3/4.

Bower also recorded a win for the UW in the javelin, throwing a career-best mark of 142-0. Sophomore Emmon Rogers placed fifth with a throw of 124-8.

At the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., senior Brittney Harper was the lone Badger competing for Wisconsin, and ran to a 22nd-place finish in the 800 meters, finishing with a time of 2:10.44

Wisconsin's multi-event and field event athletes attended the Westmont Collegiate Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Junior Deanna Latham put up strong performances on the track, taking second in the 100 hurdles with a career-best time of 13.65 seconds and placing fourth in the 200 meters in 24.96.

Latham also competed in the javelin and finished fourth with a mark of 115-2, while redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes took 11th with a throw of 95-5.

UW’s Alexis Mitchell placed second in the long jump, leaping to a career-best mark of 18-9 3/4, while the senior finished third in the triple jump behind teammate Laura McGinnis, who finished second.

McGinnis edged out Mitchell with the second-place finish and personal-best leap of 38-9 3/4, while Mitchell placed third in her colligate debut in the event with a mark of 37-2 1/3.

In the pole vault, redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby placed second with a clearance at 12-5 1/2, while sophomore Courtney Walden finished in a tie for third place with a clearance of 11-5 3/4.

Additionally, a large number of UW athletes competed at Southern Illinois' Bill Cornell Spring Classic, which took place at the new Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex in Carbondale, Ill.

Freshman Colleen McNulty earned Wisconsin’s highest finish on the track, placing fourth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:42.85. Redshirt freshman Brooke Richardson posted the best finish for a UW athlete in a field event, taking fifth place in the high jump with a mark of 5-2 1/4.

Also competing for Wisconsin, freshman Shanna Sticka took seventh in the javelin with a mark of 102-1, sophomore Katelyn Malcore was eight in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.95 and junior Sophie Roth placed seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 12.43.

In the 5000 meters, redshirt freshman Jenna McMiller ran to a seventh-place finish with a time of 17:52.41, while junior Kiah Ehrke finished just after McMiller in eighth in 17:52.72.

Redshirt freshman Anne Gregory took 11th in 18:07.43 and sophomore Erica Spiegelberg closed out the event for Wisconsin with her 12th-place finish in a time of 18:12.55.

After a busy Spring Break, Wisconsin will take a week off before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays and Nashville, Tenn., for the Jackie Joyner Invitational.

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