Latham states her case with big score


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<b> Junior Deanna Latham placed seventh in the heptathlon with 5,493 points.</b>

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Junior Deanna Latham placed seventh in the heptathlon with 5,493 points.
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April 18, 2013

Complete Results

AZUSA, Calif. -- It may have been Deanna Latham’s first heptathlon of the 2013 outdoor season,  but one competition was all the junior needed to prove she is one of the best heptathletes in the nation.

After two days of competition at the elite Mt. SAC Relays/ California Invitational Combined Events in Azusa, Calif., Latham finished seventh overall in the seven-discipline event with 5,493 points, a performance which currently ranks ninth in the nation.

Latham began the second day of competition at Azusa Pacific’s Cougar Athletic Stadium in third place, after amassing 3,334 points on Wednesday behind a second-place finish and career-best performance in the 100 hurdles.

On Thursday, Latham recorded a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches in the long jump and threw 120-8 in the javelin.

Latham closed out the competition with a ninth-place finish in the 800 meters, running the event in a time of 2 minutes, 23.09 seconds.

Latham’s performance has landed her in a favorable position for postseason competition. After finishing sixth in the heptathlon at last year’s Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events, it was her second-straight top-10 finish at the meet.

In the California Invitational section of the heptathlon, Yolanda Hayes-Barnes represented the Badgers and competed against a future teammate in Georgia Ellenwood.

After completing six of the seven events, the redshirt freshman did not participate in the final event of the heptathlon – the 800 meters – but placed 21st in the long jump with a leap of 16-8 and took 12th in the javelin with a throw of 105-2.

Ellenwood, a future Badger who will be joining the team in the fall and Canada's top-ranked junior in the heptathlon, earned a fourth-place finish after scoring 5,288 points.

She placed third in the long jump (18-10 1/2), ninth in the javelin (109-4) and ran to a sixth-place finish in the 800 meters (2:22.65).

The Badgers continue their busy week of competition with Iowa's Musco Twilight Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday. A number of runners and field event athletes will be competing in the meet, which begins with field events at 1 p.m., followed by races on the track at 6 p.m.

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