May 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The performance that has Deanna Latham heading into the Big Ten outdoor championships with some big momentum also has earned her some recognition from the conference.
Latham was named Big Ten Co-Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday, with the league handing out its final weekly honors of the season.
The junior earned the recognition for her performance at last Saturday’s Wisconsin Open, where she clocked a personal-best time of 13.49 seconds to win the 100 hurdles. The race served as Latham’s final tune-up for this weekend’s 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Latham’s effort is the second-fastest clocking in UW history, trailing only the school-record run of 13.45 by Egle Staisiunaite in 2011. Earlier this year, Latham broke Staisiunaite’s school standard in the indoor 60 hurdles by running a time of 8.34 seconds.
Her performance Saturday vaulted Latham to No. 4 on the Big Ten performance list this season, just .15 seconds off the league-leading effort of Michigan’s Cindy Ofili (13.34).
Latham, who leads the Big Ten in the heptathlon with her season-best score of 5,493 points, will not compete in the multi-event competition at the conference meet. Instead, she will focus on open competition in the hurdles, long jump and javelin -- her three strongest events within the seven-discipline heptathlon.
Ranked No. 21 in the NCAA West Region in the hurdles, Latham has likely secured a spot in the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round, set for May 23-25 in Austin, Texas. A top-12 finish there earns an athlete the opportunity to compete at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.