Badgers divide resources as Big Ten push begins


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<b> Junior Brittney Harper will run in the 800 meters this weekend <b/>

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Junior Brittney Harper will run in the 800 meters this weekend
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Feb. 10, 2012

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team is prepared to hit the road for the last time before the Big Ten championships. The Badgers take on a trio of meets this Friday and Saturday.

UW’s track athletes make their way to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic. Throwers and vaulters head just west to Platteville, Wis., for the UW-Platteville Invitational. Lastly, the multi-event athletes and jumpers fly south for Arkansas’ elite Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

The non-seeded and preliminary running events at the Iowa State Classic will take place Friday with Badgers in the lineup. Two Badgers, sophomore Sophie Roth and Senior Katie Duchow, will run in the preliminary heats of the 60 meters, looking to make it to Saturday’s final. Roth and Duchow will also compete in the non-seeded section of the 200 meters later in the evening.

In the 3000 meters, senior Dani Fischer and junior Hanna Knurr will take their place on the starting line. In the non-seeded mile section, sophomores Victoria Paulson and Rachel McNally are set to race.

Saturday will feature the seeded sections of both the 3000 meters and mile, with freshman Gabrielle Anzalone and juniors Kyla Chapman and Caitlin Comfort are scheduled to run.

Also, junior Brittney Harper will run the seeded section of the 800 meters.

Sophomore Liga Blyholder and junior Ashley Beutler will make appearances in the mile.

Wisconsin’s throwers look to continue their domination in both the shot put and weight throw when they head to the UW-Platteville Invitational.

Junior Taylor Smith remain undefeated in the weight throw this season -- winning the event in each meet she has entered, including one with a school-record throw of 69 feet, 8 inches.

Another Wisconsin record holder, freshman Kelsey Card, will look to keep her title in the shot put. Card’s throw of 53 feet, 6 1/2 inches grabbed the Badgers’ all-time mark away from Smith earlier this year.

In the pole vault, freshman Jessica Vardas looks to keep her spot as the Badgers’ top vaulter. Freshmen Carly Morris, Courtney Walden and Katelyn Malcore will press her lead in this weekend’s event.

In Arkansas, seniors Jessica Flax, Dorcas Akinniyi and freshman Deanna Latham look to hone their skills in individual events before their next pentathlon competition comes at the Big Ten championships. The three will participate in the 60 hurdles, long jump and 200 meters.

Akinniyi will also appear with defending Big Ten champion Monika Jakutyte in the high jump.

Senior Jordan Helgren tackles two jumping events for the weekend -- the long jump and her specialty event, the triple jump. Sophomore Laura McGinnis will also compete in the triple jump.

The Tyson Invitational begins at 1:30 p.m. Friday, while the Iowa State Classic gets underway at noon, and both events continue Saturday. The UW-Platteville Invitational is a one day meet, starting on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Live results can be found on UWBadgers.com.

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