Apr. 3, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team will compete for the second time in the outdoor season by sending competitors to the Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays, Foster Track in Whitewater, Wis., for the Rex Foster Invite and to Embry Riddle Track in Daytona, Fla., for the Embry-Riddle Spike Classic.
On Friday the Florida Relays will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) with the women’s discus and end with the 5000 meters at 8:10. The women’s hammer throw will start Saturday’s competition at 9 a.m. while the meet will come to a close after the 4x400 relay at 5:40 p.m.
The Badgers won five events two weekends ago at the Walt Disney Open in Orlando, Fla., to start the outdoor season. Junior Courtney Walden won one of those events with the top mark in the pole vault and will compete in the event at the Florida Relays at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Walden cleared 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches at the Walt Disney Open, setting a new personal record by one foot. Sophomore Taylor Kirby also set a PR in the event by finishing second after clearing the same height. Kirby will compete in the event alongside Walden.
Molly Hanson, Victoria Paulson and Lizzie Wendt will race in the 800 meters at 2 p.m. Friday. Hanson, who won the 800 meters at the Walt Disney Open with a time of 2:13.65, will lead the group.
A trio of long distance runners will compete in the 1500 meters Friday at 7 p.m. in Gabi Anzalone, Sarah Disanza and Emma-Lisa Murphy. Anzalone and Disanza both redshirted in the indoor season while Murphy took sixth in both the 3000 meters and 5000 meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on March 1. Fellow long distance runner Erin Cawley will compete in the 3000 meter steeplechase at 7:40 p.m. It will be the first time UW will compete in the event this season.
Kimberly Azie, Brenna Detra, Sophie Roth and Laura McGinnis will lead the Badgers in the 4x100 relay Saturday at 1:20 p.m. Lizzie Wendt, Disanza, Paulson and Hanson will then run in the 4x800 meters at 2:40 p.m., while Rachel McNally, Roth, Wendt and Hanson will close out the running events for the day with the distance medley relay at 3:50 p.m.
Sophomore Brianna Bower will compete in the javelin throw at 6:30 p.m. Friday. She will look to build on her mark of 149-2 at the Walt Disney Open. She beat her PR by nearly six feet with her throw.
Senior Angela Boushea will compete in both the hammer throw and the shot put Saturday. It will be Boushea’s first bit of action so far in the outdoor season. The hammer throw is set for a 9 a.m. start while the shot put starts at 4 p.m.
The Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic is also set for Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the meet will begin with the multi-events at 2:30 p.m. and conclude with the collegiate and open 5000 meters at 7:25 p.m. The second day of competition will begin at 7:55 a.m. with the multi-events and end with the collegiate 5000 meters.
The Rex Foster Open, which was originally scheduled for Friday but postponed due to weather concerns, will begin at noon Sunday with the field events and will come to a close in the late afternoon with the 10000 meters.