Women's track: Big Ten preview

Badgers should improve upon last year's ninth place finish

The Wisconsin's women's track team does not have the talent the men's team seems to have in spades, but the Badger women have a number of athletes who could score at the Big Ten Championships this weekend at Ohio State.

Sophomore Shuntia Lucas could find herself competing in the finals of the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the outdoor championships. Her time of 11.78 seconds in the 100 is currently the sixth fastest in the conference and she has a 23.83 in the 200, the fifth fastest time.

Distance runner sophomore Katrina Rundhaug should bring Wisconsin much-needed points in the 5,000. She currently has the second-fastest time in the league, of 16 minutes, 27.36 seconds. She also owns the fastest time in the conference in the 10,000 at 33:45.03.

Sophomore Theresa Giorno finished tied for eighth in the high jump at last year's outdoor championships and will look to improve upon that success this time around. She is ranked sixth heading into the meet.

Junior Melissa Talbot, who competed in the heptathlon during the indoor season, is currently third on the conference list in the 400 hurdles, with a time of 1:00.53.

Sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes is currently third in the conference this year in the Steeplechase, with a time of 10:37.78.

Wisconsin's 400 relay team has the seventh fastest time in the conference, of 46.62 seconds. Wisconsin also holds the eighth fastest time in the 1,600 relay in 3:46.93.

Wisconsin could potentially place two in the pole vault: sophomore Julia Heinrich and senior Andrea Lopez. They are each part of a six-way tie for the fifth-best vault leading into the meet.

Another place Wisconsin could have multiple top-eight finishers is the long jump, where senior Christina Taylor, Talbot and possibly sophomore Michelle Bellford could score. Bellford could also contribute points in the triple jump, where she currently has the third best mark in the conference.

In throws, senior Courtney Bauer could place in the shot put, where she has the fourth-best throw in the conference. Fellow Badger freshman Kayla Schultz could also score points for Wisconsin in both the shot put and the discus.

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