May 16, 2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After a great showing in the hammer throw and 10,000 meters, the Wisconsin women's track and field team leads at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a team score of 16 points after the first day of competition at Rankin Track and Field.
Emma-Lisa Murphy finished runner-up in her first-ever 10,000 meters, while junior Gabi Anzalone was sixth. Murphy, a redshirt freshman, finished the 25-lap race in 34 minutes, 00.02 seconds, while Anzalone crossed the line in 34:26.48, a personal-best for the Grand Blanc, Michigan, native. Murphy's time ranks 35th nationally and 17th in the West Region.
"It was fun out there," Murphy said. "I worked together with the girls up there and helped cut down the pace as we went. It's a long race, so you have to start off conservative and then the race really starts with two miles to go. That is when you start working with the girls and enjoying it out there.
"For my first 10,000 meters, I was excited and really liked competing out there."
The Badgers also collected five team points in the hammer throw after junior Angela Boushea unleashed a heave of 183 feet, 3 inches on her final attempt to finish fourth. Boushea entered the finals as the eighth seed with a best effort of 173-3 from her first three attempts.
Freshman Georgia Ellenwood sits third in the heptathlon standings with a score of 3,189 points, besting her previous first-day best of 3,182 set earlier this year. She enters the final three events on Saturday just 234 points behind Penn State's Brittney Howell, who leads with a score of 3,423.
Ellenwood started off the day in third after clocking a time of 14.31 in the 100 hurdles. She vaulted into second by clearing 5 feet, 7 inches in the high jump, tying her personal-best mark to match Howell for the event win. She finished her day with a throw of 34-9 3/4 in the shot put and a time of 26.04 in the 200 meters.
The Langley, British Columbia, native looks to continue Wisconsin's dominance in the multi-events, as the Badgers have won the past four Big Ten heptathlon titles and the conference's last nine multi-event crowns overall.
Ellenwood will open competition for Wisconsin Saturday with the heptathlon long jump at 11:15 a.m. (CT). The first event on the track will be the women's 4x100 relay at 3:10 p.m.