Feb. 28, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- With the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships just a week away, the Wisconsin women's track and field team returns home to host its final home meet of the indoor season, Friday's Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier.
The meet begins with field events at 3:30 p.m., while races on the track begin at 4 p.m. The competition is held at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell) and admission to the event is free.
Live results from the Badger Track Classic will be available at UWBadgers.com. No team scores will be kept.
Friday's competition is the last opportunity for athletes to qualify for the NCAA championships, which will take place in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.
In order to advance to the NCAA championships, an athlete must rank in the top 16 nationally in his or her event. While three Badgers already have qualified for the national meet in all likelihood, others will need to improve their season-best marks to make the cutoff.
In the shot put, both senior Taylor Smith and sophomore Kelsey Card recorded their season-best marks at home meets earlier this season, and will look to improve their rankings on Friday in hopes of qualifying for the NCAAs.
Card is tied for 21st place nationally after recording a throw of 54 feet, 2 inches at the Red & White Open on Feb. 15. Smith sits at 25th with a mark of 53-9 1/4 from the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on Jan. 19.
Smith's NCAA qualification in the shot put may be an unknown, but there is little doubt that Smith will compete for the Badgers at the NCAA championships in the weight throw. The senior is ranked eighth in the nation after breaking her own school record with a mark of 70-6 1/2 last Saturday at the Big Ten championships. The senior took third in the event, breaking her previous all-time best mark of 69-11 1/2.
Additionally, Wisconsin senior Jessica Flax and sophomore Deanna Latham will represent the Badgers in the pentathlon at the NCAA championships, after the duo posted huge marks this season in the five-discipline event.
At last week's Big Ten championships, Flax claimed the Wisconsin's fourth-straight conference crown in the pentathlon, winning the event with a personal-best score of 4,078 points.
The performance puts Flax third on UW's all-time performance list. Flax ranks 11th in the nation, first in Big Ten standings and is guaranteed a trip to the NCAA championships next week.
Latham will compete alongside her teammate at the NCAA meet after tallying a personal-best score of 4,024 at the Frank Sevinge Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 1. That performance Latham ranks 16th nationally, giving her the final qualifying spot for the NCAA championships.