Historic heave: Smith smashes own school shot record


ON WISCONSIN <b>Senior Taylor Smith broke her own school record in the shot put and ranks fifth in the nation.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Senior Taylor Smith broke her own school record in the shot put and ranks fifth in the nation.
ON WISCONSIN

April 27, 2013

Triton Invitational Results Get    Acrobat  ReaderBrutus Hamilton Results 

MADISON, Wis. -- Taylor Smith may end up with her own page in the Wisconsin record book.

On Saturday at UC San Diego’s Triton Invitational, the UW senior added another line to the story of her memorable career.

Smith smashed her own school record in the shot put by more than three feet and won the event with an impressive throw of 56 feet, 11 1/2 inches. That topped her previous record of 53-3 3/4.

Smith not only broke her own record, but jumped to No. 5 in the nation and put herself in a good position for postseason competition, as well.

Competing alongside Smith, sophomore Kelsey Card placed fifth, throwing 51-7, while junior Abby Lueck placed 15th with an effort of 45-8 1/2.

At Cal’s Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., several Badgers competed against tough competition in the Invitational section of a number of running and field events.

In the 800 meters, senior Brittney Harper placed fifth with a time of 2:11.11, while senior Megan Beers ran to a sixth-place finish in the 1500 meters in 4:31.87.

Also for Wisconsin, senior Alexis Mitchell took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 18-2 1/2, sophomore Jessica Vardas placed sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 11-6 1/2 and Laura McGinnis took sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-6 3/4.

The Badgers close their busy weekend of competition on Sunday at Stanford's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, which is regarded as one of the premier meets of the spring in the distance events.

Wisconsin's most experienced distance runners will compete, including senior Caitlin Comfort, who will line up alongside teammate Gabrielle Anzalone in the 5000 meters.

Senior Megan Beers and sophomore Rachel McNally will run the 1500 meters, while Beutler will also represent the Badgers in the 3000 steeplechase.

The action begins on the Cobb Track and Angell Field with field events at 3 p.m., followed by races on the track starting at 5:20 p.m.

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