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Hanson leads Badgers on final day of Big Ten meet

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Led by Molly Hanson’s third-place showing in the 1500 meters, the Wisconsin women’s track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track and Field.

Hanson crossed the line in a personal-best 4 minutes, 15.55 seconds, which ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list. Sitting in fourth with 200 meters to go, Hanson accelerated into third, and nearly caught Michigan’s Leah O’Connor and Penn State’s Marta Klebe, who finished 1-2. The top three finishers all broke the Rankin Track record in the event.

Freshman Sarah Disanza finished sixth in 4:29.15,

“It was a great race for both Molly and Sarah,” UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. “I think they both have some room to improve in the NCAAs, which is a good thing.”

The Badgers had three runners in the top 12 in the 5000 meters, as Gabi Anzalone placed eighth in 16:31.50, Disanza was 10th in 16:34.45 and Emma-Lisa Murphy, the 10,000 meters runner-up on Friday, was 11th in 16:37.29.

“It was an impressive performance by those three in the 5000,” Stintzi said. “For Gabi and Emma-Lisa to race after doing well in the 10,000 on Friday and for Disanza to come back hours after her 1500 was great and we’re proud of all them.”

Grace Heglund-Lohman placed eighth in the 400 hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:00.98, just shy of cracking UW’s all-time list.

“We’re so proud of how Grace raced this weekend,” Stintzi said. “She has worked really hard all year and it has shown on the track.”

In the pole vault, Courtney Walden was 13th with a clearance of 12 feet, 6 3/4 inches, while freshman Taylor Twedt was 14th in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5 1/2.

The Badgers finished in 10th overall with 35 team points, with Penn State capturing its second-straight Big Ten outdoor title with 136 points.

The Badgers will compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 29-31.

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