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Varsity - April 17, 2022

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62 // VARSITY April 17, 2014 Badgers head west for trio of meets in California Connor makes outdoor debut at Mt. SAC W isconsin Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne has had this weekend circled on his calender, know- ing that the Badgers would be looking for some top marks out in California. The big meet for the Badgers this weekend is the 56th an- nual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., as some of the world's best athletes will compete in the three day meet. "Mt. SAC is a big weekend for us," Byrne said. "We have some kids accepted in the in- vitaitonal races there. Jay Cato will compete in the pole vault and Reed Connor and Mala- chy Schrobilgen will run in the 5000 meters. It's a loaded, na- tional-caliber race with pros and college kids." The loaded 5000 meters at Mt. SAC also features a familar face, as former Wisconsin standout Maverick Darling will run. With two other meets going on nearby in the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Beach Track & Field Invitational, the Badgers will have opportunities to com- pete mutliple times this weekend. "This gives our kids an opportunity to compete both Friday and Saturday," Byrne said. "It just fits in well with our travel plans, and that's why we're going there. There's great opportunities for all of our field event athletes to get into meets in warm weather. That's the objec- tive." A month into the outdoor season, By- rne is pleased with how his team has done, espcially considering that, due to the lingering cold weather, the Badgers haven't had as many opportunities to train outdoors. "I think we're right where we want to be right now," Byrne said. "We haven't thrown anything huge down, but we al- ways say if we're getting better from one week to the next, then it's good as we head into championship season. I think we're in a good spot. "Our big guns are starting to get out there now and are positioning them- selves for NCAA regional qualifiers. And that's what we expect from them. After this weekend, most of our guys and girls will be in a situation where we'll know exactly who's going to the regionals, and that's important." SCHEDULE THIS WEEK Friday-Saturday Mt. SAC Relays Friday Bryan Clay Invitational Saturday Beach Track & Field Invite INSIDE MEN'S TRACK & FIELD BY AJ HARRISON @BADGER_TRACK

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