May 4, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Just one week after Taylor Smith broke the Wisconsin’s school record in the discus, the junior did it again Friday.
Three times to be exact.
Smith dominated the invitational section of the discus as the Badgers opened the Wisconsin Open, topping her own all-time mark three times over the span of six throws.
Smith smashed not only her school record but also a 10-year-old facility record, as well.
With a throw of 179 feet, 10 inches, Smith extended her UW record by nearly four feet and topped the facility record by a foot.
“Discus felt really nice and easy today,” said Smith. “It’s been a long outdoor season. However, I feel like I still have a few more things to fix to get some more go at the end of it.”
Her previous school record of 176-1 stood for just eight days thanks to the throw of 179-6 she unleashed on her first attempt Friday.
After a foul, Smith came back with the even better mark of 179-10 that would stand up and secure a win for Smith at the Wisconsin Open for the second-consecutive year.
Smith closed the competition with a throw of 179-9 on her final attempt.
The hammer throw was the other event of Friday’s competition.
Sophomore Angela Boushea, competing unattached, took the top placing for the Badgers with a personal-best throw of 179-9 that landed her in third place.
Sophomore Abby Lueck took fourth with a toss of 176-8, while Smith finished seventh with a throw of 162-5.
The Wisconsin Open resumes at 11 a.m. (CT) Saturday with an invitational section of the hammer throw before events begin on the track at the McClimon Complex at 12:30 p.m.
Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.