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Varsity - May 15, 2014

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70 // VARSITY May 15, 2014 Big weekend awaits young Badgers at Big Tens UW looks to gain championship experience W isconsin women's track and field coach Jim Stintzi admits that his squad enters this weekend's 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana, with a squad full of young Badgers looking for success on the big stage. "It's kind of a chance for our younger athletes to actually be kind of put into a baptism by fire situation," Stintzi said. "They're going to be the ones who we're going to rely on at the Big Ten and beyond this year, and who we have relied on so far." Two of the Badgers' vet- erans, Deanna Latham and Kelsey Card, are redshirting this outdoor season but are still competing unattached and putting up big marks. Card's discus throw of 193 feet, 4 inches last Saturday would have set not only a school record, but a Big Ten record as well. Latham has also competed unattached, setting a per- sonal-best score of 5,745 points in the heptathlon earlier this season. Stintzi believes the redshirt season will help not only the duo develop their skills, but will help the team next year. "They both have NCAA experience and have both placed at the NCAAs," Stintzi said. "But we feel that they can be major, major players both at the NCAA and ob- viously the Big Ten championships next year." Despite not having Latham and Card competing this week, the Badgers look to make some noise at the Big Ten meet. The distance trio of Sarah Disanza, Em- ma-Lisa Murphy and Molly Hanson look to score points in the distance races, while senior Erin Cawley is a threat to pick up points in the steeplechase. Freshman Georgia Ellenwood looks to extend the Badgers' run of four straight titles in the heptathlon, while Angela Boushea and Laura McGinnis look to build off PR performances last weekend in the hammer throw and triple jump, re- spectively. "We're looking forward to the Big Ten championships," Stintzi said. "It will be an interesting meet without those two (Latham and Card), but it will be a great chance for our team to grow and some of a few of our older athletes to show lead- ership and our younger athletes to kind of learn what Big Ten competition is like." SCHEDULE COMING UP Fri.-Sun Big Ten Championships INSIDE WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD BY AJ HARRISON @BADGER_TRACK

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