Jan. 11, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team opens the 2013 indoor season this weekend, when UW plays host to the Badger Track Classic on Saturday.
The Badgers will compete against five teams -- DePaul, Marquette, Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh and Winona State -- when the annual meet begins at noon inside Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell). Admission is free.
The completion is set to begin with field events at noon, while races on the track begin at 1 p.m. An exhibition discus event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday inside the adjacent McClain Center.
Live results from the Badger Track Classic will be available at UWBadgers.com. No team scores will be kept in UW’s season-opening meet.
The highlight of Saturday’s competition will be the throwing events, which feature top returning throwers for the Badgers.
Three Wisconsin competitors, each ranked among the nation’s top 25 returning athletes in the shot put, will go head-to-head in the event. After finishing sixth at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America laurels in the event, sophomore Kelsey Card enters the season ranked sixth nationally based on last year’s results.
UW senior Taylor Smith starts her 2013 shot put campaign ranked 17th among returners from 2012, while junior Jasmine Boyer comes into the season ranked 22nd.
Additionally, the weight throw competition includes two Badgers who will contend for NCAA championship positions this season. Smith comes into the season ranked fourth after qualifying for the NCAA meet last year and taking 16th place, while sophomore Angela Boushea opens the season ranked 34th.
In addition to the Badger Track Classic, a number of the team’s distance runners and field event athletes will head to the Panther Open at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Among those opening their seasons at UNI are senior Jessica Flax and sophomore Deanna Latham. Both rank in the top 10 nationally among returning athletes in the heptathlon. Coming off a 16th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Flax is ranked sixth. Latham enters the season ranked 10th.
After closing last season ranked 21st as a team, Wisconsin is the Big Ten team to beat to start the season, ranking 16th in the USTFCCA preseason rankings. Michigan follows at No. 19, followed by No. 21 Nebraska, No. 22 Illinois and No. 23 Michigan State.
Wisconsin will host its second-consecutive home meet next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, when the Badgers play host to the Wisconsin Elite Invitational inside The Shell.