Capitol improvement: Record throw earns Card elite finish


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June 25, 2015

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Wisconsin junior Kelsey Card, despite redshirting, had already enjoyed a spectacular year by setting personal bests in the shot put and discus.

She really enjoyed her first outdoor meet of the season for UW.

Card broke the Badgers' school record in the shot put with a heave of 58 feet, 3 3/4 inches to finish fourth in a competition filled with the nation's best collegiate and professional throwers at the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships in front of the California State Capitol. 

"This is something I was working for all year," Card said.  "It's nice to see my hard work pay off."

"She had an awesome series of throws all meet long," UW director of track and field and cross country Mick Byrne said. "Her big personal-best throw is testimony to the hard work she put in this year with Coach (Dave) Astrauskas while redshirting. I'm excited about her contribution to the team next year, but first she should be very proud of today's performance and enjoy it."

Card's throw broke former teammate Taylor Smith's school record of 56-11 1/2, which she set last season. 

The shot put qualifying and final rounds took place on a specially-built ring in front of the capitol building, giving the throwers a very unique experience.

"It was the most electric environment I have ever thrown in," Card said. 

Card had the seventh-best throw in the qualifying round with a heave of 56-7 1/4. On her second throw of the finals, she improved to 58-3 3/4 to earn the best finish of the collegiate in the elite field. 

She will compete again at 1:45 p.m.(CT) on Sunday in the discus. 

Three more Badgers will compete Thursday, with Zach Ziemek opening up in the decathlon, Michael Lihrman competing in the hammer throw and Reed Connor racing in the preliminary round of the 1500 meters.

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