April 13, 2013
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. -- The Badgers made the most of a rare opportunity Saturday.
After recording wins and personal-bests on Friday at the Sea Ray Relays, the Wisconsin women's track and field team punctuated a weekend of strong performances with a big win Saturday at the Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn.
Racing in a rarely-run event, the quartet of seniors Megan Beers, Ashley Beutler, Caitlin Comfort and redshirt freshman Gabrielle Anzalone combined to score a victory in the 4x1500 relay. The Badgers took home the trophy by clocking a time of 18 minutes, 35.73 seconds that gave UW a nearly eight-second cushion on runner-up Eastern Michigan (18:43.52).
The effort also set the stage for a sweep of the 4x1500 titles for the Badgers, as UW also claimed the event on the men's side.
In the 4x800 relay, senior Brittney Harper, sophomore Elizabeth Wendt, Beers and redshirt freshman Colleen McNulty were fourth in a time of 9:01.25.
In the showcase section of the 1500 meters, Beers finished in fifth with a career-best time of 4:31.83, while sophomore Rachel McNally took sixth with a personal-best time of 4:32.41 and McNulty placed 10th in 4:43.12.
Off the track, senior Alexis Mitchell took 12th in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 3 1/4 inches.
The Badgers return to action next week, with members of the team traveling to the Los Angeles area for the elite Mt. SAC Relays.
Wisconsin's heptathletes begin the competition in the Mt. SAC/California Invitational Combined Events next Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, in Azusa, Calif. More Badgers will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays, which run April 18-20 in Walnut, Calif.