UW men's track team using football players to compete
MADISON -- The Wisconsin men's track team suffered a big blow when it lost Japheth Cato for the season with a ruptured achilles on April 27. To fill Cato's position, the team reached out to a couple players on the football team. Defensive back Dezmen Southward and wide receiver Kenzel Doe were contacted last Monday by some members of the track team about joining them for the tail end of the season.
"I was like yeah let's do it, as long as Coach Andersen approves it. Coach Andersen approved it and i was like yeah let's get out here," Doe said.
The very next day the two were at practice. Then on Saturday Southward and Doe ran in the 100 meter dash at the Wisconsin Open. The two ran side by side in the first heat, with Southward finishing the event 5th at 10.97 seconds, while Doe was 8th at 11.12 seconds.
"For right now he's got the bragging rights, he beat me." Doe said. "I can't say nothing about that, but ill get him back."
"He's not too happy right now, but that's alright," Southward said. We'll both get better and we'll get a chance to run again."
For Southward that chance will be this weekend in Columbus, OH at the Big Ten Track and Field Championship Meet. The coaches decided Monday that Southward would fill Cato's position in the 4x100 meter relay. Men's track coach Ed Nuttycombe did say that both players would travel with the team.
"We love to compete. We love to be out here, it's a great experience," Southward said. "Hopefully we'll keep getting better and help the team any way we can."
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