March 21, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team begins its outdoor season this weekend as several Badgers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the 2013 John Mitchell Alabama Relays.
After posting strong performances indoors at the Big Ten championships and NCAA championships, Wisconsin’s throwers are set to open the season for UW. Badgers are entered in the shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin, with the meet taking place at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Wisconsin’s first event, the javelin, begins on Friday at 5:50 p.m. On Saturday, the hammer throw is set for 11 a.m., followed by the discus and shot put beginning at 4 p.m.
Taylor Smith will compete in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. The senior wrapped up her indoor career by claiming All-America honors in the weight throw at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships two weeks ago.
Smith placed seventh and threw for a mark of 67 feet, 11 3/4 inches, making her UW’s first All-American in the weight throw.
In addition to her All-America honors at the NCAAs, Smith also had a record-breaking performance at the Big Ten championships on Feb. 22. The senior took third in the weight throw with a school record mark of 70-6 1/2 and also added a fifth-place finish in the shot put with an effort of 51-7.
Kelsey Card opens her 2013 outdoor campaign this Saturday, when the sophomore competes for Wisconsin in the shot put and discus.
Card enters the outdoor season behind a 13th-place finish (53-2 1/4) in the shot put at the NCAA championships and a third-place finish (52-10) in the event at the Big Ten championships.
After claiming seventh ( 61-2 3/4) in the weight throw and 12th in the shot put at the Big Ten championships, junior Abby Lueck will begin her outdoor season with the shot put and hammer throw.
Additionally, sophomore Angela Boushea will compete for the Badgers in the hammer throw. The sophomore enters the outdoor season after taking sixth place In the weight throw at the Big Tens with a career-best mark of 61-3 1/2.
Also for Wisconsin, redshirt freshman Brianna Bower will make her collegiate debut in the javelin throw.
Following this weekend’s competition, the Badgers continue the start to the outdoor campaign by traveling to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., next Friday, March 29.