Busby Breaks 110m Hurdles Record Saturday
CHARLESTON, Ill. (April 2, 2011) - Durell Busby won the 110m hurdles in a school-record time to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's track and field team on the final day of the Big Blue Classic.
Busby, competing in his first collegiate outdoor meet, ran 14.58 in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles for the third-best time in school history. He came back in the finals with a time of 14.24 to break the school record and win the race. His time eclipsed the mark of 14.40 held by Adam Schleis.
"What Durell was able to do was outstanding," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "As a team, they gathered momentum as the weekend went on. It's nice to see things progress during the meet as they adapted to competing outdoors again with the weather and conditions. We got back into the swing of things with our first competition of the outdoor season. It's been a while since Horizon League indoors and everybody had to get their competitiveness back and experience a competition setting."
Freshman Scott Erickson also wrapped up his first outdoor meet strong, placing second in the discus throw and third in the shot put. His toss in the discus of 167-11 is the sixth-best throw in school history. In the shot put, he tossed 49-5 3/4, the ninth-best distance in school history. Matt Jensen took ninth in the discus, throwing 147-2.
Nick Hughes was another freshman to post a runner-up finish, clearing 6-4 in the high jump for second place. Other strong rookie showings were Anthony Leavy in the 100m and Dexter Schleis in the long jump. Leavy ran 10.95 in the prelims, but did not compete in the finals. His time is ninth in school history. Schleis took sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21-5 1/2.
Jake Spaciel took second in the 800m, while Toney Fisher was ninth in the event and 16th in the 400m. The pair of them also formed half of the team's 4x400m relay. In the 800m, Spaciel ran 1:52.82 and Fisher finished in 1:56.58. Brian Klipstein and Alex Francis also competed in the event, with Klipstein taking 16th in 2:00.43 and Francis 21st in 2:05.13. In the 400m, Fisher ran 51.38. Leavy and Alex Delveaux rounded out the relay, which took seventh in 3:25.77.
Also competing on the meet's final day was a trio in the 1500m. Jake Reilly Led the way in sixth with a time of 4:05.54. Bobby Glotfelty was 11th with a time of 4:11.44 and Chris Schuenke took 14th in 4:14.32.
Milwaukee returns to action next weekend at the Lee Calhoun Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in Macomb, Ill.