March 4, 2013
• NCAA Championships Declarations
MADISON, Wis. -- The nation’s only program to qualify multiple athletes in the combined events, the Wisconsin women’s track and field team will send four entries to this weekend’s 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Declared entries to the meet were announced late Monday by the NCAA.
The Badgers will send four athletes to Fayetteville, Ark., for the meet this Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center, with UW represented in three different events.
Senior Jessica Flax and sophomore Deanna Latham will continue UW’s tradition in the multi-events, qualifying as the only set of teammates in the pentathlon.
Flax, who claimed the Big Ten title two weeks ago, was a second-team All-American in the event at last year’s national meet. Latham will make her first NCAA indoor appearance after earning a top-10 finish in her NCAA outdoor debut in the heptathlon last season.
Senior Taylor Smith makes her return to the NCAA championships in the weight throw, while sophomore Kelsey Card will aim for a second-consecutive All-America performance in the shot put.
Card pushed her way into the NCAA field with a season-best throw of 55 feet, 3 1/2 inches at last weekend’s Wisconsin NCAA qualifier. She heads to Fayetteville as the No. 14 seed in the shot put, an event in which she scored a sixth-place finish as a freshman last year.
Smith, the No. 9 seed, will make her third-consecutive appearance in the weight throw. She was 14th at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships after finishing 17th in 2011.
Flax, the Big Ten champion and an All-American each of the last two outdoor seasons in the heptathlon, saw her NCAA indoor pentathlon debut last year derailed by a no-height in the high jump. She finished the competition and placed 16th to earn second-team All-America laurels.
The senior enters this year’s meet as the No. 11 seed with the lifetime-best score of 4,078 points she accumulated to win the Big Ten championship two weeks ago -- Wisconsin’s fourth-consecutive crown in the event.
Latham is the 16th and final qualifier in the pentathlon with her career-best score of 4,024 points. She finished third at the Big Ten championships for the second-consecutive year. Outdoors, Latham tied for 10th in the heptathlon at last year’s NCAA championships to earn second-team All-America laurels.