Badgers put pieces in place for Big Ten championships


ON WISCONSIN <b>Senior Taylor Smith broke the Wisconsin school record in the hammer throw and won the discus.</b>
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Senior Taylor Smith broke the Wisconsin school record in the hammer throw and won the discus.
ON WISCONSIN

May 4, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- With the 2013 Big Ten Championships only a week away, Wisconsin's throwers proved they are ready to compete alongside the nation's best during the championship season.

At the Wisconsin Open on Saturday, the trio of senior Taylor Smith, junior Abby Lueck and sophomore Angela Boushea recorded top marks in the hammer throw and all broke the Badgers' previous school record -- 187 feet -- with Smith emerging as the new holder of the school standard at 193-0.

Smith took second in the competition, finishing behind Illinois State senior Brittany Smith, who won the competition and set a new facility record at the Dan McClimon Memorial Track with a throw of 215-5, a mark which ranks eighth nationally.

Lueck placed third with a career-best throw of 188-5, while Boushea took fourth behind an effort of 187-8.

After their performances Saturday, Smith sits at No. 4 in the Big Ten, Lueck ranks fifth and Boushea ranks ninth.

Along with her school record in the hammer throw, UW's Smith won the discus with a mark of 169-8.

Card competed alongside Smith in the discus, finishing third at 159-7. Card also put up a strong showing in the shot put, placing second with a heave of 50-10.

A pair redshirt freshmen claimed wins in the javelin and pole vault. Brianna Bower won the javelin with a throw of 138-5, while Taylor Kirby recorded a career-best clearance of 12-7 1/2 in the pole vault, a performance that ranks fourth among Wisconsin's all-time best performers.

Additionally, a number of Badgers recorded career-best performances. Redshirt freshman Brooke Richardson placed second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-3 1/4 and redshirt freshman Kara Krugel leaped to a third-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 36-7.

Wisconsin not only posted strong performances in the field, but saw dominating performances on the track as well.

Junior Deanna Latham won the 100 hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.49 seconds, a performance which ranks fourth in the Big Ten and second on UW's all-time performers list - trailing only the school record of 13.45 set two years ago by Egle Staisiunaite.

Sophomore Katelyn Malcore took third, recording a time of 14.44.

Wisconsin finished 2-3 in the 400 hurdles behind sophomore Grace Heglund-Lohman, who recorded a time of 1:03.59 to take second, while Malcore ran the event in 1:05.68 to place third.

In the 400 meters, sophomore Elizabeth Duxbury ran to a third-place finish with a time of 58.95, while junior Sophie Roth took fifth in 59.30.

Dani Fischer, who exhausted her eligibility with the Badgers last season, won the 3000 steeplechase while competing for Wisconsin Track Club with a time of 10:35.20.

UW redshirt freshman Dana Steffen took second behind Fischer, running the event in a time of 11:15.13.

In addition, several Wisconsin athletes posted strong times while competing unattached.

Junior Liga Blyholder won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:32.25. Blyholder also placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.57, finishing behind freshman Lauren Holtz, who won the race in 2:15.14.

Elizabeth Sequin placed third in the event while competing for the Badgers with a time of 2:15.86.

The championship season begins for the Badgers next Friday-Sunday, May 10-13, when Wisconsin opens postseason competition with the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

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