Panthers Win Three Events To Mount Lead At Championships
May 5, 2012
Wauwatosa, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's track & field team won three of five final events and sit in first place after two days at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Raabe Stadium Saturday.
After two days of action, UWM sits in first with 59 points. Butler is currently in second with 36 points. UIC sits in third at 31, while Youngstown State (30), Detroit (25), Loyola (22) and Valparaiso (10) round out the scoring.
"We had a great second day and obviously we're happy to be in the lead," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We know it's going to be a dog fight going into the final day though, and we still have a lot of work to do. It's great to be able to be at home and we're excited about tomorrow."
Ben Crogan started the day off in dominating fashion for the Panthers, easily winning the decathlon by nearly 400 points. The senior tied his season-best mark in the pole vault portion of the event with a height of 15-9 (4.80m) en route to a total final score of 6,146 points. Junior Dan Simon also scored for Milwaukee, taking fifth.
In long jump, junior Jake Whitewater had a season-best leap of 22-8 1/2 (6.92m) to win the event. Freshman Aaron Dillon also scored for Milwaukee in the event, taking third after a career-best jump of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m). Sophomore Dexter Schleis just missed scoring, taking eighth at 21-6 1/4 (6.56m).
Junior Garrett Vetesnik dominated the pole vault, clearing 16-1 1/4 (4.91m) to easily win the event by half a foot.
In preliminary action, junior Durell Busby broke yet another record, topping his own league record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.30 seconds to take first. Schleis, Dillon, Alex Delveaux and Jordan Schmidt all also qualified for Sunday's final for UWM.
Senior Cory Yttre had an outstanding day in qualifying for two of Sunday's finals. Yttre posted a season-best time of 22.30 in the 200m to take eighth. He also qualified in the 400m, taking sixth and just missing his season-best with a time of 49.41.
Washington Farrington also qualified in the 200m in 22.52 seconds to take ninth. The junior also earned a spot in Sunday's final in the 100m, taking seventh in 10.97. Freshman Matt Ferry also had an impressive showing, finishing third in 10.77. Both times are season bests.
The third and final day of action is set for Sunday with field events set to start at 11 a.m. and running events slatted for noon.