Pair of podium finishes wraps Big Ten meet for Badgers women's track
COLUMBUS, Ohio –- Podium finishes by senior Caitlin Comfort and junior Deanna Latham paced the Wisconsin women's track team on the final day of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Badgers finished seventh with 74.5 points. Penn State won the title with 133 points.
Comfort came back from her run to the title in the 10,000 meters Friday to score a third-place finish in the 5000 meters in 16 minutes, 13.68 seconds.
Latham ran the fastest all-conditions time in school history by clocking a time of 13.15 seconds to take runner-up honors in the 100 hurdles. Penn State's Evonne Britton edged her for the title with a time of 13.13.
Latham's previous best came in Saturday's preliminary, when she ran 13.46 seconds. Because the effort came with a tailwind of 3.1 meters per second, Latham's effort does not officially pass Egle Staisiunaite's UW school record of 13.45.
Jim Stintzi – Head Coach
On his team's performance:
"It's certainly frustrating to walk away with a seventh-place finish when you have as many good performances as we did this weekend. At the end of the day, we had the chance to pick up a few more points, but I'm proud of our performances individually."
On Caitlin Comfort's distance double in the 10,000 and 5000 meters:
"I said going in to the weekend that I thought Caitlin was the most consistent distance runner in the Big Ten and I think she showed that with what she was able to do. Her performance in the 10K was outstanding and she did a great job today in the 5K of battling through some tough conditions for third with the brutal wind we had. I was very proud of what she was able to accomplish."
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