Badgers buckle down for Big Ten Championships

Badgers buckle down for Big Ten Championships

MADISON, Wis. – The postseason has begun as the UW men’s track and field team gears up for the 2024 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The meet opens up on Friday and wraps up on Sunday.

The Badgers are the Big Ten team to beat in 2024 after claiming the Big Ten Indoor Championship back in February. UW finished fourth at last year’s outdoor championship as Jackson Sharp was the lone individual champion, winning the 1500 meters. 

Fans can follow the action from Ann Arbor live on Big Ten Plus ($) or @BadgerTrackXC on social media.  

Here are five events to watch this weekend: 

1. READY TO LAUNCH: The UW throwers unit took last weekend’s Badger Challenge by storm, seeing four UW top 10s and individual victories across all four events. They look to continue the success going into this weekend. Starting in the shot put, Jason Swarens and Kyle Clabough will compete at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. Swarens comes in as the Big Ten’s top-ranked shot putter this season after winning the Badger Challenge with a throw of 65-9 ½. His distance is the top in the NCAA West Region and fifth furthest in the NCAA this season. Clabough ranks 11th in the Big Ten with a distance of 60-8. He broke onto the UW top-10 list at No. 9 during Friday’s Badger Challenge. His mark is 18th in the NCAA West Region. 

Jacob Bugella and Swarens will kick off the throwing weekend in the hammer throw at 1:45 p.m. on Friday. Swarens, who has bounced between the shot and hammer during the regular season, won the hammer during the Badger Challenge with a season-best of 210-4. Bugella finished second in the event with a distance of 203-10. The duo ranks 9-and-10 in the conference, respectively. 

Javelin specialist Jacob Zednik checks into the postseason on a tear. He has broken a personal best in four of his six appearances this season, with the most recent coming at the Badger Challenge. The New York native won the event with a toss of 213-3, good for the fourth farthest in school history and ninth in the Big Ten this year. Zednik will compete at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.

Jake Schaefer will wrap up the weekend in the discus at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. He ranks No. 8 in the Big Ten, just sneaking into Sunday’s top flight. Scheafer broke his personal best by six feet last Friday at 186-0, earning the all-time UW No. 6.

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