Talbot wins heptathlon; Badgers in second

With 48 points, Wisconsin trails Penn State for the overall lead

Wisconsin junior Melissa Talbot won her second consecutive heptathlon during the second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships Saturday at Ohio State. Talbot scored 5,479 points to win the heptathlon, an improvement on her NCAA provisional qualifying mark. She earned a personal best time of 2 minutes, 17.84 seconds in the 800 meters, placing fourth in that event. Her finish in the heptathlon was not only 200 points ahead of the nearest competitor but was the second-best total ever recorded by a UW athlete, behind only Andrea Geurtsen's 5,507.

"The heptathlon was a lot smoother (this year)," said Talbot, comparing her two titles. "The weather was better and I was happier because I had more (personal best performances). Sometimes I get upset because I could have had more but I'll save it for nationals. I have another meet left."

As a team Wisconsin sits in second place with 48 points, while Penn State leads with 56 ½ points.

"We are right on track to score in the neighborhood of 75-plus points," Wisconsin head coach Jim Stintzi said. "It was another good day for us so yes, we are definitely pleased with today."

Wisconsin also scored points in the long jump, as senior Christina Taylor took fourth at 19-2 ½ and sophomore Michelle Bellford placed eighth at 18-7 ¾. In the shot put, senior Courtney Bauer took fifth with a throw of 46-9 ½. Freshman Kayla Schultz took 11th at 43-6 ½ and did not score for Wisconsin.

Sophomore ‘A Havahla Haynes ran the second-fastest time by a UW athlete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase of 10:28.54, to place fifth. Sophomore Amanda Ganser took ninth in 10:54.66.

Badgers who have qualified for Sunday's events include: sophomore Shuntia Lucas, 100 and 200-meter dash; freshman Ann Detmer, 800 meters; and junior Lisa Oikarinen, Bellford, freshman Alex McCannel and Lucas, 400-meter relay.

Junior Tara Halls (800 meters), freshman Nicole Slaby (400 meters), McCannel (200 meters), freshman Lindsey Biel (100 and 400-meter hurdles) and Talbot (400-meter hurdles) did not qualify for their respective finals.

"The two areas where we thought we might get a couple more people through (to the finals) were the 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters," Stintzi said. "That was a little bit of a let down but we made up for it in a couple of other places so I think we're right on track."

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