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Badger men and women fall short in first dual against Gophers since 1978

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Border Battle between Wisconsin and Minnesota intensified Saturday when the two teams met up in their first track and field dual meet since 1978.

“This has been a long time in making, 37 years since we have done this,” Wisconsin Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. “The trend in our sport is to have more dual meets, more tri-meets. It's about pure competition.”

The meet was formatted in a head-to-head manner for all 15 events. In the end, Minnesota scored a 98-59 win over the Badgers on the men's side while the Wisconsin women fell 85-77.

“The sport is the winner today,” Byrne said. “Nobody cared about times today. It was all about beating your Minnesota competitor or Minnesota beating Wisconsin.”

The competition heated up quickly during the field events. In his first attempt of the season in the weight throw, senior Michael Lihrman broke his own NCAA Division I record with a heave of 80 feet, 3 1/2 inches. Wisconsin teammates followed in fourth and fifth place, with Scott Erickson at 67-6 1/4 and Riley Budde throwing a personal-best 64-5 1/4.

The Badgers picked up another win when Jesse Johnson claimed the pole vault by getting over the bar at 16-0 3/4.

The Badgers had multiple personal records set in field events during the competition. In shot put, Josh McDonald earned third place with a heave of 55-3 1/2. Zac Webster finished second in triple jump with the leap of 44-10 3/4. In high jump, Brandon Mortensen placed third and Sawyer Smith fourth, with clearances at 6-7 and 6-4, respectively.

In the 400 meters, Ryan Davis crossed the line first with a personal best of 47.96 seconds. Freshman Corbin Ellis followed shortly behind in 49.72, earning third place. Davis also took second in the 200 meters with a time of 22.17. Teammate James Stecker finished fourth in 22.69.

Wisconsin had a 1-2 finish in the mile as freshman Morgan McDonald crossed the line first in 4 minutes, 12.40 seconds. Sophomore teammate Malachy Schrobilgen finished right behind in 4:13.70.

In the 3000 meters, Russell Sandvold took third in 8:42.25 and Michael Van Voorhis finished fourth in 8:47.62.

“In a dual meet like this, there is a winning team and a losing team,” Byrne said. “Unfortunately, we were on the wrong end of it this year but we look forward to next year.”

Competition continues for Wisconsin next weekend, when the Badgers travel to New York to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

On the women's side, Deanna Latham won three events, sweeping the long jump and triple jump titles while also racing to a win in the 60 hurdles.

Kelsey Card swept both throws events, claiming the top spot in the weight throw and breaking her own school record en route to winning the shot put.

Molly Hanson was dominant on the track, pulling off an impressive double by winning the mile and the 800 meters.

She claimed the mile in a time of 4 minutes, 48.35 seconds, with teammate Gabi Anzalone following in third place in a personal-best 4:56.61 and Megan O'Neil taking sixth with a personal record run of 5:14.76.  

Hanson returned to the track for the 800 and proceeded to run away with that race, as well. She clocked in at 2:11.46 to win, while teammate Emma Reifel took second in 2:13.12. Lauren Holtz finished out the event in sixth place with a time of 2:28.98. 

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