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Varsity - April 17, 2022

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64 // VARSITY April 17, 2014 West coast trip awaits Wisconsin women UW looks to build on successful performances T he Wisconsin women's track and field squad is coming off a success- ful performance in Georgia last weekend, as many of the Badgers competing in the multi-events and the throw- ing events enjoyed spectacular performances. Deanna Latham, who is redshirting for the Badgers this outdoor season, smashed her personal best in the hep- tathlon with a score of 5,745 and placed second behind the mark of 6,018 by Georgia's Kendell Williams. Latham's previous top mark of 5,606 came at the 2012 NCAA Out- door Championships. Her new score of 5,745 would have ranked second on the school's all-time list if she was compet- ing attached for UW. Georgia Ellenwood, making her col- legiate heptathlon debut, tallied 5,400 points to place sixth in a loaded field. Her score ranks sixth on the Badgers' all- time list. It also ranks 13th in the country and puts the freshman in contention of qualifying for the NCAA outdoor champi- onships in Eugene, Ore., in June. Brianna Bower also had a career day in Georgia, as the sophomore placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 156 feet, 3 inches, which not only beat her previous personal best throw by over seven feet, but also ranks second in Wisconsin his- tory. Overall, Wisconsin Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne was pleased with the Badgers' performance. "I think we got some good results," By- rne said. I think the throws went reason- ably well, the multis went well. It looks like Georgia qualified for NCAAs, and it looks like Deanna made the U.S. champi- onships." With the Big Ten championships a month away, Byrne knows the next few weeks will be a challenge for the team. "Now the next couple of weeks are crucial, the kids are under a lot of pres- sure with their academics," Byrne said. "Obviously the meets start kicking into another gear, another level, and it's im- portant that our kids have a good bal- ance between what they have to do in the classroom, managing that, and also what we have to do on the track." SCHEDULE COMING UP Friday-Saturday Mt. SAC Relays Friday Bryan Clay Invitational Saturday Beach Invitational INSIDE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD BY AJ HARRISON @BADGER_TRACK

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