Badgers crank up competition at Iowa State


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<b> Multi-event athlete Deanna Latham will compete in several events on Saturday.</b>

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Multi-event athlete Deanna Latham will compete in several events on Saturday.
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Jan. 24, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 18-ranked Wisconsin women’s track and field team hits the road this weekend, as the Badgers head to the Bill Bergan Invitational Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

The competition will begin with field events at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by races on the track, which are set to begin at noon.

The invitational will be held on the 300-meter track at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Facility, which is regarded as one of the fastest tracks in the nation.

It is the Badgers’ largest meet of the season to date, with UW competing against eight teams. Host team Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State, Marquette, North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and UT-Arlington will be in attendance.

After opening the season with consecutive home events, the meet will provide the Badgers with a step up in competition and will also be an opportunity for multi-event athletes to gain valuable experience for the pentathlon later this season.

Multi-event athletes senior Jessica Flax, sophomore Deanna Latham, senior Alexis Mitchell and freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes are entered to compete in the 200 meters, 60 hurdles, high jump and long jump Saturday, which will help  them prepare for their first pentathlon of the season next weekend at Nebraska.

 Bill Bergan Invitational
 Date  Saturday, Jan. 26  |  9:30 a.m.
 Location  Ames, Iowa  |  Lied Recreation Facility
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 #9 Iowa State, #18 Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas State, Marquette, North Dakota,
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The competition will also provide the Badgers with an opportunity to continue their successful start to the season in the throwing events. Wisconsin will have strong representation in both the shot put and weight throw, with top athletes attending the event.

In the shot put, sophomore Kelsey Card and senior Taylor Smith head into the weekend ranked in the top 15 nationally after opening the season with strong performances.

Card leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th nationally with her mark of 53 feet, 10 1/2 inches from the Badger Track Classic on Jan. 12. Smith heads into the weekend tied for 13th in the nation in the shot put, after recording a mark of 53-9 1/4 at last week’s Wisconsin Elite Invitational. She trails only Card in the Big Ten rundown.

UW will also provide strong competition in the weight throw, with four Badgers who are ranked in the top 50 nationally competing in the event.

After strong weight throw performances last week, Smith is ranked 11th in the nation with her mark of 66-5, while Card heads into the event ranked 26th, coming off a personal-best throw of 62-11 1/4.

Also for Wisconsin, a pair of nationally-ranked sophomores will be competing in the weight throw. Abby Lueck is ranked 36th, while Angela Boushea is ranked just behind Lueck at No. 39.

The Badgers will also take a number of runners to the invitational, with athletes entered to compete in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile and 3000 meters.

Wisconsin will hit the road once again next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. Members of the team will be headed to different locations, with field event athletes attending the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., runners traveling to the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and a number of Badgers taking part in the Squig Invitational in Whitewater, Wis.

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