Feb. 14, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- With the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships only one week away, the Wisconsin women’s track and field will compete in one final tune-up when the Badgers play host to the Red & White Open on Friday.
The annual meet begins at 2:30 p.m. inside Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell). Admission is free.
The competition is set to begin with field events at 2:30 p.m., while races on the track begin at 3:30 p.m. Live results from the Badger Track Classic will be available at UWBadgers.com. No team scores will be kept.
The meet is the Badgers’ final competition before they travel to the Big Ten indoor championships, which will take place at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
Behind Wisconsin throwers senior Taylor Smith and sophomore Kelsey Card, the throwing events will be the highlight of the competition on Friday. The duo enters the weekend nationally ranked in both the weight throw and the shot put.
In the weight throw, Smith and Card recorded their season-best marks last weekend at the Cyclone Classic on Feb. 9. Smith ranks 14th nationally after recording a throw of 67 feet, while Card ranks 38th in the nation with an effort of 63-2 1/4.
Additionally, Smith and Card enter the competition nationally ranked in the shot put. After strong early-season performances, Card sits at No. 21 and Smith comes in at No. 22.
Also competing in field events, senior Alexis Mitchell and redshirt freshman Yolanda Hayes-Barnes are entered in the long jump, while junior Laura McGinnis and redshirt freshman Kara Krugel will compete in the triple jump.
The trio of sophomore Courtney Walden, sophomore Jessica Vardas and redshirt freshman Taylor Kirby will go head-to-head in the pole vault.
On the track, nine Badgers are entered in the 3000 meters, including senior Hanna Knurr and sophomores Lavinia Jurkiewicz, Erica Spiegelberg and Rebecca Stoebe.
Also competing for Wisconsin are sophomore Katelyn Malcore and Hayes-Barnes in the 60 meter hurdles, freshman Grace Heglund-Lohman and senior Carrie Edmunds in the 400 meters and sophomore Elizabeth Duxbury and freshman Lauren Holtz in 800 meters.