Feb. 7, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- After attending three competitions on the road last weekend, the Wisconsin women’s track and field team will divide its resources and hit the road again this Friday and Saturday, when the Badgers compete in the Cyclone Classic and the Husky Classic.
On Friday, a small group of distance runners will be traveling to Seattle to compete in the 5000 meters at the Husky Classic. The competition will take place inside the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor, which features a 307-meter track. The oversized track is known for providing some of the fastest times in the nation.
The senior trio of Hanna Knurr, Ashley Beutler and Caitlin Comfort and sophomore Gabrielle Anzalone will race in the 5000 against a strong field. The event is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT) and features several runners ranked in the top 50 nationally.
Additionally, a large number of Badgers will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Cyclone Classic. The meet begins Friday with field events at 11 a.m., while races on the track are set to start at noon. The competition resumes on Saturday with both field events and track events at 11 a.m.
The invitational will be held on the 300-meter track at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Facility, which is also regarded as one of the fastest tracks in the nation.
On the track, junior Sophie Roth and sophomore Katelyn Malcore will compete in the 60 meters. Roth is also entered in the 200 meters, along with redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes.
In the 60 hurdles, sophomore Deanna Latham, senior Jessica Flax and Malcore will compete for the Badgers.
Latham enters the weekend ranked 34th nationally in the hurdles after recording a time of 8.42 seconds at the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames on Jan. 26. The performance is the second-fastest time in Wisconsin history, trailing only Melissa Talbot’s school record of 8.41 from the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Also for Wisconsin, senior Brittney Harper, junior Abbie Weigel, sophomore Elizabeth Duxbury, sophomore Grace Heglund-Loham, and senior Carrie Edmunds are entered to compete in the 600 meters, while several others will represent UW in the 800 meters, mile and 3000 meters.
In the field events, five Badgers enter the weekend nationally ranked.
Sophomore Kelsey Card and senior Taylor Smith rank in the top 20 nationally in the shot put, with Card coming in at No. 17 and Smith sitting at No. 18. Card, Smith and junior Abby Lueck will compete for Wisconsin.
The duo of Card and Smith are also nationally ranked in the weight throw after recording strong early-season performances. Smith is ranked 13th, while Card is 32nd and Lueck is 47th.
In addition to the throwers, several other field event athletes will compete for Wisconsin. Redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby and sophomore Courtney Walden are set to compete in the pole vault, redshirt freshman Brook Richardson and Latham are entered in the high jump and Laura McGinnis will participate in the triple jump.