Panthers Kick Off National Meet With Blazing Times
April 18, 2014
Walnut, Calif. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee kicked off the 56th running of the storied Mt. SAC Relays in impressive fashion Friday with impressive performances across the board at the national meet.
"Out athletes really rose to the level of this meet and this is why we come out here," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "The weather was perfect and we brought a high-level of competition to the field. The hurdlers especially came through and this should be just the start to a great weekend, both here and with the rest of the team in Edwardsville."
Durell Busby finished as the second collegiate in the deep field of the 110m hurdles. One week after posting one of the fastest times in the nation, Busby crossed the line at 14.27 for one of the top spots in the field.
"Durell had the best start of his life," Corfeld said. "He couldn't quite maintain it all the way through, but that was a still a solid time and against some good competition and it's a good build up for tomorrow. Ashton Eaton, who was a gold medalist for Team USA at the Olympics, was one of the ones in his heat and he came over and congratulated him after the race."
Dexter Schleis nearly broke his own UWM record in the 400m hurdles with a blazing time of 52.00 seconds for fifth place overall out of 60 of the nation's best runners.
Competing in the first of two events on the day, Marquis Johnson had an outstanding run in the 400m with a time of 47.79 seconds. That was just shy of his career best that stands fourth in school history and was good enough for fifth in his heat and 19th overall out of 65 other runners. He also had a strong showing in the 200m. One week after nearly breaking the school record in the event, the sophomore had another solid time, crossing the line at 22.12 seconds.
Sherice Hewett came in eighth in her heat of the triple jump with a solid leap of 11.55m (37-10 ¾).
Milwaukee will wrap up the Mt. SAC Relays with a few more events on Saturday, while the rest of the team competes at the Gateway Invite in Edwardsville, Ill.