April 22, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team wrapped up a long weekend of competition Saturday at three different meets.
The Badgers’ main competition of the day came at the Musco Twilight Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, where freshman Kelsey Card did it again.
Card shattered the Wisconsin record in the discus for the second time this season. With a launch of 175 feet, 11 inches, Card broke her own record in the event and took second in the event to improve her current No. 5 standing in the Big Ten.
Card also competed in the special section of the discus where she took second again, this time with a throw of 173-1.
The freshman competed in the shot put, as well, where she won the event with a toss of 50-8 1/4.
Junior Taylor Smith competed with Card in all three events. Smith took fourth in the discus with 165-2 and improved in the special section of the event with a distance of 168-10.
In the shot put, Smith took third with a throw of 49-3.
Fellow junior Jasmine Boyer took second in the shot put, throwing for a mark of 49-3 3/4.
The last Badger to compete in the shot put was sophomore Abby Lueck, who took sixth with a toss of 45 6 1/4.
Lueck was also the sole Badger to compete in the hammer throw, where she took fourth with a personal-best mark of 178-11. Her career best also earned her the No. 4 spot in the Wisconsin record book for the event.
In the last throwing event, senior Megan Rennhack placed third in the javelin with a throw of 144-7. Senior Natasha Smith took fifth with a mark of 127-3.
To wrap up the field events, sophomore Laura McGinnis competed in the triple jump and took third with a leap of 35 feet, 1 1/4 inches.
On the track, freshman Sophie Roth kicked off the Badgers' running events with a second-place finish in the 100 meters.
Roth ran a personal-best time of 11.95 seconds -- just hundredths of a second off making her first mark on the Wisconsin top-10 list.
Freshman Katelyn Malcore competed in her first event of the season and took seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 12.90.
In the 200 meters, Roth ran her second personal-best time and took her second runner-up placing, clocking in at 24.50.
Freshman Lizzie Wendt led the Badgers in the 1500 meters, took third with a time of 4:48.81. Fellow freshman Caroline Bauer took fourth with a time of 4:49.38.
In the 5000 meters, sophomore Theresa Selestow took third place with a personal-best time of 17.15.52. Freshman Rebecca Stoebe claimed fifth with a time of 18:05.85.
To finish the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, the Badgers saw a 12th-place performance from junior Dorcas Akinniyi in the high jump.
Competing since Wednesday, Akinniyi finally closed out her weekend with a clearance of 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
The Badgers also sent athletes to nearby Norwalk, Calif., to compete in the Long Beach Invitational.
Junior Brittney Harper competed in the 400 meters. Harper took fourth in her section of the in the 400 meters, with a time of 55.85.
In the 800 meters, sophomore Erin Krause ran a time of 2:14.19 to place seventh in her section.
In the high jump senior Monika Jakutyte won her section with a clearance of 5-9 1/4.
Senior Dani Fischer continues to improve with every race and ran a personal-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking in at 10:33.37 to take third and jump up one place on the Wisconsin all-time list to No. 7.
Junior Hanna Knurr was just behind in fourth, crossing the finish line at 10:48.63.
Wisconsin will head back to the Midwest, where the Badgers will stay for next weekend’s competition, the Drake Relays. The Drake Relays will begin on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, at 8 a.m. (CT). However, California won’t get rid of the Badgers that easily, as the Triton Invitational kicks off next Friday at noon in San Diego.