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Freshmen are fast-starters for Badgers at Stanford Invitational

<b>Kelsey Card won the invitational discus with a personal-best throw of 52-2 on Friday.</b>

Kelsey Card won the invitational discus with a personal-best throw of 52-2 on Friday.

April 6, 2012

Results Flotrack Coverage

MADISON, Wis. -- Much as she did indoors, Kelsey Card needed little time to acclimate herself to collegiate competition outdoors.

The freshman led the way for the Wisconsin women's track and field team Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., by claiming the win in the invitational section of the shot put on the opening day of the Stanford Invitational.

Card threw personal-best 52 feet, 2 inches to take the event, with teammate Taylor Smith finishing second with a mark of 51-10. Abby Lueck threw a personal-best distance of 46-11 3/4.

Newcomer Natasha Smith wrapped up the initial day of competition with another winning effort by a freshman, taking the collegiate section of the javelin with a throw of 138 feet, 2 inches. Senior Jessica Flax took second with 136-10.

Senior Megan Rennhack competed in the invitational section of the javelin and took seventh with a distance of 139-2.

The Badgers' three multi-events specialists competed in the long jump.

Senior Dorcas Akinniyi competed in the invitational section and represented the Badgers with a leap of 19 feet 1/2 inch.

In the collegiate section, sophomore Deanna Latham took third with a leap of 18-4 1/2. Flax took eighth with a mark of 17-7 1/2.

In the high jump, Akinniyi took eighth in the first section of competition with a clearance of 5 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Flax competed in the second section and took 11th place and a height of 5-3 1/4.

Akinniyi also had the top finish for UW in the 100-meter hurdles, claiming 14th place with a time of 14.19 seconds. Latham came in next in 16th with a time of 14.32. Flax crossed the finish line in 14.35 for 19th.

In the 400 hurdles, junior Carrie Edmunds took 22nd with a time of 64.58.

Junior Ashley Beutler ran well in the 3000-meter steeplechase, claiming seventh place with a personal-best time of 10:19.02.

Senior Dani Fischer competed in her second-ever steeplechase and improved her time by nearly 30 seconds to take ninth in her section of the competition. Fischer completed the race in 10:38.21.

Three Badgers competed in the 1500 meters, all in separate sections of competition. Sophomore Liga Blyholder took second in her section with a personal-best time of 4:21.85, while senior Megan Beers took third in her section with a time of 4:35.40, with sophomore Lavinia Jurkiewicz 13th in 4:39.16.

Senior Kyla Chapman took 10th in the 5000 meters, clocking in at 16:50.81, while junior Caitlin Comfort placed 24th in the 10,000 meters at a personal-best time of 33:27.02.

Competition for the Stanford Invitational will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT). Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.

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