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Badgers shine at Bulldog Heptathlon and UW-Platteville Invitational


April 12, 2014

Spec Towns Invitational Results  |  Bulldog Heptathlon Results  |  UW-Platteville Invitational Results

MADISON, Wis. -- Three members of the Wisconsin women's track and field team found success in the Bulldog Heptathlon at Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga., while four other Badgers won events at the UW-Platteville Invitational in Platteville, Wis., on Saturday.

Wisconsin senior Deanna Latham, competing unattached, smashed her PR in the heptathlon with a score of 5,745 and placed second behind Georgia's Kendell Williams' mark of 6,018. Latham's previous top mark of 5,606 came at the 2012 Outdoor NCAA Championships.

Latham snagged her PR by excelling in the running events. She beat her top mark in the 200 meters Friday by a quarter of a second but shattered her top time in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.01 Saturday. That mark was over three seconds faster than her previous best time of 2:20.92.

Latham's overall score would have been the second-highest in school history had she competed attached. She would have beat out Dorcas Akinniyi's second-place spot by 12 points but her total this weekend was 81 points shy of Jessica Flax's school record.

Freshman Georgia Ellenwood, making her collegiate heptathlon debut, tallied 5,400 points to place sixth. She began the second day with a mark of 18 feet, 8 inches in the long jump before placing fourth in the javelin with a mark of 122-01. Ellenwood then closed out the competition by running the 800 meters in 2:18.24. The freshman's heptathlon score ranks sixth on the UW all-time list.

Taylor Twedt finished 12th with 4,695 points. She began the day by soaring 16-4 1/4 in the long jump and rounded out the event by placing seventh in the javelin (114-08) and 14th in the 800 meters (2:38.08).

A pair of Wisconsin throwers competed in the javelin throw at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational. Brianna Bower impressed by topping her PR by over seven feet with a heave of 156-3, while Andria Savitch had a mark of 101-07. Bower's throw was also just one inch away from third-place finisher Elaina Mezzasalma of Rutgers.

Bower's toss is also the second longest in school history behind only Megan Rennhack (163-4).

Four other Badgers won events at the UW-Platteville Invitational in Kim Azie (100 meters), Katelyn Malcore (100 hurdles), Grace Heglund-Lohman (400 hurdles) and Ariel Michalek (3000 meter steeplechase

Azie set a PR with a time of 12.04 in the 100 meters but a 3.6 miles per hour breeze aided her. Jaime Ludwigson of UW-La Crosse took second in 12.15.

Malcore barely beat out Ludwigson in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.47, as Ludwigson was just 0.02 seconds behind.

Heglund-Lohman took the top spot in the 400 hurdles by finishing in 1:03.90 and was the lone Badger to compete in the event.

Michalek and teammate Dana Steffen dominated the 3000 meter steeplechase by defeating all other competitors by at least 20 seconds. Michalek crossed in 11:01.67, while Steffen finished in 11:11.46. Sophomore Elaina Meurer finished third in 11:35.79 but competed unattached.

Wisconsin closed out the day by placing in the top-five in a pair of relay races. In the 4x100, Azie, Alexis Farrington, Heglund-Lohman and Malcore placed fifth with a time of 49.61 while Lauren Holtz, Erin Krause, Emma Reifel and Liz Sequin finished fourth in the 4x400 relay in 3:59.29.

In addition, Kelsey Card, competed unattached, won the shot put with a mark of 52-6 1/2. The mark is just 1/4 of an inch off her PR, which stands as the second-longest toss in school history. Card also placed second in the discus with a toss of 163-01.

The Badgers will get back into action beginning Thursday, April 17 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The meet will continue through Saturday, April 19.

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