Five things to know: Badgers split up for two outdoor meets

Five things to know: Badgers split up for two outdoor meets

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin men’s track and field team splits up for two meets this weekend as several athletes make their 2024 outdoor debuts. 

Select throwers, sprinters, jumpers and multis will travel to Baton Rouge for the Battle of the Bayou, hosted by LSU, on Friday, March 29-30. Events begin Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Several distance runners will head to the west coast for the Stanford Invitational, also spanning from Friday, March 29-30. Events begin Friday at 11:00 a.m. 

Fans can follow along on Twitter and Instagram @BadgerTrackXC. Live stats for Stanford can be found at Record Timing and the meet can be streamed on FloTrack

Here are five things to know going into the weekend. 

1. BACK ON THE TRACK: The stars will align in Stanford as UW’s best hit the track. 2024 Indoor NCAA Mile Runner-up Adam Spencer is slated to compete in the 1500 meters alongside a strong Badger freshman duo. Andrew Casey and Bryce Stachewicz will open their outdoor campaigns in the event. Casey won the UW sportsmanship honor at Big Ten Indoor Championships thanks to his personal best fourth-place finish in the 800 meters.

2. KEEP ON RUNNIN’: Aside from Spencer, another indoor first-team All-American will compete this weekend. Jackson Sharp, a native of Australia, begins his season in the 5000 meters. He finished third in the event at the 2023 Outdoor NCAA Championships and is a back-to-back Big Ten Indoor Champion. He will race alongside Tulsa transfer Johnny Livingstone, Benjamin Nibbelink and Logan Measner, among others.

3. OFF THE BLOCKS: Two sprinters return to the start blocks in Baton Rouge this weekend: Jalen Williams and Giovanni Wearing. Both come off strong indoor seasons. Williams broke the school record in the 400 meters at the 2024 Indoor Big Ten Championships while finishing second. He will race in the 400 meters on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Wearing won the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles. He will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday. 

4. LAUNCH PARTY: The UW throwers return to LSU for the second weekend in a row. Jacob Bugella starred last weekend, setting a personal record in the hammer throw at 201-6 (61.45m). The mark ranks No. 9 on the UW…

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