Jan. 18, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 16-ranked Wisconsin women's track and field team will compete at home for the second-consecutive week, as the Badgers host the Wisconsin Elite Invitational this Friday and Saturday inside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell).
No. 25 Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Northern Michigan, Southeast Missouri State and UW-Whitewater will compete against the Badgers.
The meet begins with the men's pentathlon at 1 p.m. Friday, followed by an exhibition discus event, which will be held inside the adjacent McClain Center beginning at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the completion is set to begin with field events at 11 a.m., while races on the track begin shortly after at 11:30 a.m. Admission to the meet is free.
As with each of the Badgers’ home meets, live results from the Wisconsin Elite Invitation will be available at UWBadgers.com.
UW throwers were the highlight of Wisconsin’s season-opening Badger Track Classic last Saturday, with No. 9-ranked sophomore Kelsey Card winning the shot put with a mark of 53 feet, 10 1/2 inches and senior Taylor Smith taking home the weight throw title with a mark of 64-10 3/4.
This weekend, both Card and Smith are set to compete in the shot put, weight throw and discus. Card leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally in the shot put, while Smith is ranked 15th in the shot put and 12th the weight throw.
The duo will get some outstanding head-to-head competition in both events, with Illinois State senior Brittany Smith carrying a pair of big marks into the weekend. Smith ranks No. 2 nationally in the weight throw at 70-7 and stands eighth in the shot put at 54-6.
Additionally, two Badgers multi-event athletes, sophomore Deanna Latham and senior Jessica Flax, are entered to compete in several events in order to prepare themselves for competing in the pentathlon later this season. Flax will compete in the 60 meters, 60 hurdles, high jump and long jump, while Latham is entered to compete in the high jump and shot put.
Both Flax and Latham rank in the top 10 nationally among returning athletes in the pentathlon. After her 16th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Flax is ranked sixth. Latham enters the season ranked 10th.
After competing at home this weekend, the Badgers will travel to Ames, Iowa, next Saturday for the Bill Bergan Invitational.