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UW's Card tosses her way to national championship victory

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EUGENE, Ore. (Per UW Athletics) – Wisconsin women’s track and field senior standout Kelsey Card won a national championship in the discus with a lifetime-best throw of 208 feet, 5 inches at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

“That’s insane to throw that far,” Card said. “If you had ever told me at any point in my career that I would throw that far, I wouldn’t have believed you.

"I dreamed of it, but it’s insane to get it.”

“Today, Kelsey was at her very best,” UW Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. “She put together her best series with five throws over 60 meters and that is what it took to beat some great throwers. 

"All day long, she looked composed, confident and ready to compete. She looked like she was really enjoying herself out there. Congrats to her and throws coach Dave Astrauskas.”

Card became Wisconsin's first NCAA track and field champion since Kathy Butler won the 3000 meters at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Plainview, Illinois, native is also the first UW field athlete to win a national title since Pat Johnson won an AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) title in the long jump in 1982.

“I’m really excited,” Card said. “This is the dream and this has been the goal, so to finally achieve it after getting second last year, it just feels really great. To know that I won in such an incredibly jacked competition, because everyone was throwing far, it makes this all the more sweeter to know the competition was crazy and that I could rise to the occasion.”

The senior entered the meet with a Big Ten record of 204-2, yet she shattered that mark on each of her throws in the NCAA final on Saturday. Card threw 208-0 on her first throw of the finals, 208-5 on her second and 208-1 on her final attempt of the competition. 

Thanks to Card’s win in the discus, her fourth-place finish in the shot put on Thursday and Georgia Ellenwood’s fifth-place finish in the heptathlon with a school-record 5,935 points on Saturday, Wisconsin finished 14th in the NCAA team standings with 19 points.

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