Feb. 1, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track team continues its season on the road this weekend, with the Badgers dividing their forces and traveling to three different competitions on Friday and Saturday.
UW will attend the Frank Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and the Squig Invitational in Whitewater, Wis.
On Friday, multi-event athletes will be attending the Frank Sevigne Invitational to compete in their first pentathlon of the season. Senior Jessica Flax, sophomore Deanna Latham, junior Abbie Weigel and redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes are entered in the event.
Both Flax and Latham are among the nation’s top returners in the pentathlon. Coming off a 16th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Flax is ranked 11th based on last year’s scores.
Latham is No. 13 in the pentathlon rankings from last season. She currently ranks 30th nationally in the 60 hurdles, after recording a personal-best time of 8.42 last Saturday at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa. The performance puts Latham second on UW’s all-time performance list, trailing only Melissa Talbot’s school record of 8.41 from the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The pentathlon begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center.
In addition to the Frank Sevigne Invitational, a number of UW runners will take part in the Meyo Invitational inside Notre Dame’s Loftus Sports Center on Friday and Saturday.
Junior Liz Sequin, junior Elizabeth Wendt and senior Brittney Harper are set to compete in the 800 meters. In the 5000 meters, sophomore Erica Speigelberg, redshirt freshman Anne Gregory and redshirt freshman Dana Steffen will compete.
Also for Wisconsin, redshirt freshman Collen McNulty, freshman Lauren Holtz and junior Rachel McNally will compete in the mile.
Nearly 50 teams will compete in the meet, which is known annually for producing some of the nation’s top marks in middle distance and distance events. The competition begins with field events at 3 p.m., while races on the track are set to begin at 4 p.m. Friday. The competition resumes with the women’s 3000 meters at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Additionally, other Badgers will attend the Squig Invitational at UW-Whitewater on Friday. The eight-team competition will be held at the Kachel Fieldhouse and will begin with field events at 5 p.m., followed by running events at 5:30 p.m.
Heading into the competition, six UW athletes enter the weekend nationally ranked in the throwing events.
In the shot put, sophomore Kelsey Card and senior Taylor Smith sit in the top 20 nationally after strong early-season performances. Card’s mark of 53 feet, 10 1/2 inches places her at No. 17 nationally, while Smith is ranked 18th with a throw of 53-9 1/4.
Smith leads the way for the Badgers in the weight throw national rankings, coming in at No. 12, after winning the event at last Saturday’s competition with an effort of 66-9 3/4. Card ranks 31st nationally in the weight throw, while Abby Lueck sits on the list at 44th and sophomore Angela Boushea comes in at 49th.