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Hanson earns second-team All-America honors at NCAA track championships

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Sophomore Molly Hanson capped off a successful sophomore campaign at Wisconsin by earning second-team All-America honors in the 1500 meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In a relatively slow race, Hanson crossed the line in 4:23.85 to place 11th. Although Hanson entered the race wanting a top-eight finish to earn first-team All-America, she was content with how her season ended.

“It was a messy race,” Hanson explained. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving and it was a slow start, a very tactical race. I think I tried to make a few big moves and it came back to bite me at the end of the race when I usually have a big kick.

“Overall, I’m not disappointed with my race and I had a good season this year.”

Hanson started the race in the middle of the pack as the field clocked a 73-second first lap. Hanson made a move towards the outside with two laps remaining, but fell behind the rest of the field with 400 meters remaining to finish 11th.

“I assumed that in the final race of the year everyone would want to go for it from the get go and to have a fast time,” Hanson said. “Now that I think about it, there were a lot of kickers in the race and no one felt comfortable taking the lead right away. I think a lot of them thought they had the best kick and were waiting until the end to show it off.

It marks the second-time a Badger earned second-team All-America honors this week, as freshman Georgia Ellenwood placed 12th in the heptathlon.

Hanson wrapped up her first season in Madison with a pair of third-place finishes at the Big Ten track championships in the indoor mile and the 1500 meters. Hanson clocked the school’s 10th-best time in the 1500 meters at the Big Ten championships in 4:15.20. She also enjoyed a successful cross country season, helping the Badgers advance to the NCAA meet for the first time since 2011.

“I think it was extremely successful year,” Hanson said. “I am very happy with my season regardless with this last race. Making it to the final went beyond my expectations, so I am so happy with my season.”

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