Apr. 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women’s track and field team will head south this weekend for the Bulldog Heptathlon and the Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens, Ga., on Friday and Saturday.
Freshmen Georgia Ellenwood, who redshirted in the indoor season, and Taylor Twedt will be the lone Badgers competing in the Bulldog Heptathlon and both will make their respective debuts in the event.
Ellenwood, a Langley, British Columbia, native, has won both running events she has competed in so far this season and placed fourth in her lone javelin throw competition this year.
She began her Badger career on a high note by winning both the 100 hurdles in 13.98 and the 200 meters in 25.97 at the Walt Disney Open on March 21-22 in Orlando, Fla.
Those top performances should be the first of many for the former top-ranked Canadian junior heptathlete.
“For the girls to get the heptathlon in and the guys to get the decathlon in, we’re looking to see what some of these young athletes can do,” Wisconsin Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Mick Byrne said. “We’ve got Georgia opening it up for the first time and we should see a great performance from her.”
Twedt has found similar success in her young Badger career and has some experience that should help her this weekend. She competed in the pentathlon at the Big Ten Championships on March 1 and has two top-three finishes in events in the outdoor season. She was runner-up in the 100 hurdles and finished third in the javelin throw at the Walt Disney Open.
Ellenwood, who holds the Canadian and British Colombia youth heptathlon records, and Twedt will start with the 100 meter hurdles at 9 a.m. (CT) Friday and conclude the first day with the 200 meters at 12:30 p.m. The duo will begin Saturday with the long jump at 9 a.m. and close out the event with the 800 meters at 12:15 p.m.
Three other Badgers will travel south and will take part in the Spec Towns National Team Invitational in throwers Angela Boushea, Brianna Bower and Andria Savitch.
Bower, a sophomore from Stoughton, Wis., posted a personal record in the javelin throw already this outdoor season. Her throw of 149 feet, 2 inches at the Walt Disney Open was over five feet over her previous top mark from early last season.
Savitch, a freshman from Mequon, Wis., has placed in the top-six in each of her two events she has competed in. She placed sixth at the Walt Disney Open with a toss of 112-11 and third at the Embry Riddle Spikes Classic last weekend with a mark of 108-7.
Bower and Savitch will compete in the javelin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Boushea will compete in the shot put at 1:30 p.m. and the hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. She has competed in one outdoor meet this season, as she placed 16th in the shot put and 12th in the invitational hammer throw at the Florida Relays last weekend.
The Badgers will also send competitors to the UW-Platteville Invitational on Friday, April 11 and Saturday April 12. The 5000 meters will take place Friday evening while the second day of competition will begin at 11 a.m. with field events.