AUSTIN, Texas -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team will send six athletes -- comprising eight total entries -- to the NCAA outdoor championships after pushing through another pair of qualifiers on the final day of the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round on Saturday.
Already qualified for the national meet in the heptathlon, junior Deanna Latham added to her workload by racing to a runner-up finish in her heat of the 100 hurdles. Her time of 13.39 seconds toppled the Badgers' school record and was good enough to advance Latham to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships on time. The top three finishers in each heat advanced automatically, along with the next fastest three times.
The NCAA championships are set for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
The effort came on the heels of Latham's wind-aided run of 13.15 seconds to secure a runner-up finish at the Big Ten outdoor championships two weeks ago. That mark is the fastest all-conditions time in school history, but her wind-legal 13.39 is the mark that official took down Egle Staisiunaite's UW standard of 13.45.
The hurdles add to Latham's itinerary in Eugene, which already included a spot in the heptathlon - an event not contested at the preliminary round. She qualified directly based on her top seasonal score.
"In the hurdles I've been on fire this year and it was ultimately my goal to try and make it to NCAAs," Latham said. "I never really thought that I would make it in an open event, ever, so this is just awesome.
"I don't think it will be too much to do at nationals, so I'm really excited about it."
Senior Taylor Smith will also compete in multiple events after adding a qualifying performance in the shot put Saturday. The League City, Texas, native threw 54 feet, 6 inches on her first throw of the day, a mark that allowed her to hold on to seventh place despite passing on each of her three attempts in the final round. The top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA finals.
Smith had previously qualified in the discus after posting a mark of 173-1 to take 10th in that competition late Friday.
Saturday Results 100 Hurdles - Quarterfinals 11. Deanna Latham (13.39 - school record) - advanced to NCAA championships