Feb. 3, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's track and field team heads out on the road for the second time this season for the Frank Sevigne Invitational.
The 35-team field will begin competition in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday with the pentathlon.
Three Badger multi-events athletes, freshman Deanna Latham, junior Jessica Flax as well as returning Big Ten pentathlon champion Dorcas Akinniyi, will compete in this weekend's pentathlon.
Friday will also feature two field events, the long jump and weight throw. UW senior Jordan Helgren and sophomores Maya Vazquez and Laura McGinnis will make appearances in the long jump. This will mark Helgren's and McGinnis' first time competing in the long jump this season.
Wisconsin's weight throw group will feature UW record holder Taylor Smith (69 feet, 8 inches), sophomore Abby Lueck and freshmen Angela Boushea and Kelsey Card.
Friday will wrap up with the preliminary heats for the 60 hurdles, 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. Several Badgers will run vying for a place in Saturday's finals.
Freshman Marissa Savitch will be the Badgers sole competitor in the 60 hurdles.
The 60 meters will be marked by performances from senior Katie Duchow and sophomore Sophie Roth.
Duchow, Roth and Savitch will return for the 200 meters, bringing in sophomore Maya Vazquez.
In another solo performance, junior Carrie Edmunds will represent the Badgers in the 400 meters.
Competition will resume Saturday, beginning with the shot put. Freshman Card will return looking to best her record-breaking performance of last week. Card broke Smith's record in the shot put with a launch of 53-6 ½.
Smith, Lueck and Boushea will return for the shot put competition along with sophomore Jasmine Boyer.
Card, Smith and Boyer now stand 1-2-3 in the UW record book for the event and look to keep pushing each other through the season.
In other field events, Helgren and McGinnis compete in their main event, the triple jump. Helgren opened her 2012 season with a win the triple jump at last week's Bill Bergan invitational with a leap of 40 feet, 9 ½ inches.
Wisconsin's high jump will be its last field event as well as its most stacked. Multi-event athletes Latham, Flax and Akinniyi will compete in the high jump as their only individual event. Returning Big Ten high jump champion Monika Jakutyte will perform, coming off her season debut last weekend with a win. The competition will also feature an appearance from senior Kate Flood.
On the track, UW will run in the 600 meters. Junior Brittney Harper and freshman Abbie Weigel will be on the starting line.
In the 3000 meters, senior Kyla Chapman will make her Badger track debut accompanied by fellow newcomer and junior Hanna Knurr.
The Frank Sevigne Invitational will begin 12:30 p.m. on Friday and start up again at 2 p.m. (CT). Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.