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Badgers Kelsey Card tosses her way into Olympic Team Trials discus finals

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EUGENE, Ore. (Per UW Athletics) – The opening thrower in the first flight of the women’s discus at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Wisconsin senior Kelsey Card set the tone for the qualifying round on Friday with a mark of 199 feet, 3 inches to advance to Saturday’s final. 

Card’s toss at Hayward Field was the best of the 11 competitors in the first flight and ranked third in the opening round of throws.

“I think it went very well,” Card said. “The goal was to go out there and set the tone. Usually we wouldn’t like to be the first thrower in the first flight, but in a meet like this we actually liked the position.

“Even though I only took one throw today, it felt really good and I hope I can get six more tomorrow.”

After Card opened the competition with her toss of 199-3, she elected to pass her final two throws of the prelims.

She led the group of 23 throwers until Whitney Ashley threw 200-8 on her first attempt in the second flight. Stephanie Brown Trafton recorded a mark of 199-5 on her final attempt to bump Card out of second in the qualifying round. 

The 2016 NCAA discus champion, Card will compete at 12:45 p.m. CT in the finals of the discus. The top-three finishers with the Olympic standard will earn spots on Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

Card will be joined by five other collegians from the 2016 season in the final, including two-time NCAA champion Shelbi Vaughn of Texas A&M, USC’s Tera Novy, Stanford’s Valarie Allman, Michigan State’s Katelyn Daniels and Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen.

“I was pumped to compete with a couple of collegiate athletes in my flight, as I just saw them a couple of weeks ago at NCAAs,” Card said. “I love talking and chatting with them and it was great to see some familiar faces in my flight. It was good to see a few moving on to the finals, too.”

Also competing on Saturday will be Wisconsin decathlete Zach Ziemek, as the 10-discipline event starts at 11:45 a.m. with the 100 meters.

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