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Badgers turn to Wisconsin Open for final Big Ten tune-up

<b> Freshman Gabrielle Anzalone will compete in her first 3000 meters on Saturday </b>

Freshman Gabrielle Anzalone will compete in her first 3000 meters on Saturday

May 4, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- As the Big Ten championships draw near, UW athletes look to put the final touches on their performances and look to this weekend’s Wisconsin Open for their last trial runs.

The Wisconsin women’s track and field team hosts to the Wisconsin Open beginning at noon Saturday at the McClimon Complex.

Among those looking for a final tune up are the frontrunners of the Big Ten multi-events, the Badger trio of senior Jessica Flax, junior Dorcas Akinniyi and sophomore Deanna Latham.

The Badgers hold down the top three spots in the Big Ten, with Flax leading the way.

Flax sits at No. 1 with a score of 5,662 points earned at the Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events earlier this season. Nationally Flax ranks No. 6.

Akinniyi ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA with a score of 5,572 points. Latham stands in the No. 3 position in the Big Ten and No. 15 in the NCAA with 5,451 points.

The Badger contenders lead the rest of the Big Ten by over 400 point. The trio finished 1-2-3 in the pentathlon at the Big Ten indoor championships in February.

All three will compete in the 200 meters and the 100 hurdles. Flax and Akinniyi go on to the high jump, while Akinniyi competes in the long jump. Flax and Latham meet up again as the Badger entries in the javelin.

In the 800 meters, freshman Erin Krause, sophomores Elizabeth Sequin and Abbie Weigel and senior Heidi Brittnacher will be competing.

Junior Brittney Harper, who ranks No. 9 in the 800 meters in the Big Ten, will be competing in the 400 meters as well as 200 meters on Saturday.

Joining Harper in the 200 meters will be freshman Katelyn Malcore.

Freshmen Victoria Paulson and Caroline Bauer, sophomore Lavinia Jurkiewicz, junior Hanna Knurr and seniors Megan Beers and Dani Fischer will all line up for the 1500 meters.

Freshman Gabi Anzalone will compete unattached in the 3000 meters.

In the field senior Monika Jakutyte will compete in the high jump. Jakutyte is tied with Michigan State’s Rebecca Buchholtz for No. 1 in the Big Ten, with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches.

In the other jumps, sophomore Laura McGinnis will compete in the triple jump, while freshmen Jessica Vardas and Courtney Walden appear in the pole vault.

In the throws, junior Taylor Smith will compete in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Smith ranks top-five in the Big Ten for both the shot put and discus. Smith sits at No. 2 in the Big Ten in the shot put with her school-record throw of 53 feet, 3 3/4 inches made earlier in the season. In the discus, with another school record of 179 feet, 10 inches from Friday, Smith holds at No. 2.

Joining Smith in the shot put is junior Jasmine Boyer, sophomore Abby Lueck and redshirting teammates Angela Boushea and Jenny Svobodny.

Both Lueck and Boyer return in the hammer throw, as well.

Live results for the Wisconsin Open can be found at UWBadgers.com.

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