Panthers Use Strong Second Day To Claim League Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2007) - Seniors Trentin Edwards and Nick Gretz each won two events to lead a strong day two performance by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's track and field team in winning the 2007 Horizon League Outdoor Championships Friday in Indianapolis.
The Panthers won 11 events on the day to finish with 215 points and distance themselves from second-place UIC with 134.5. Butler was third with 87, Detroit fourth with 72. Loyola (68 points) and Youngstown State (63.5) rounded out the field.
Following the meet, Milwaukee garnered four of the league's five awards, as Edwards was named Outstanding Track Performer. Freshmen Tyler Bucholz (Track) and Quinn Mongoven (Field) were named Newcomers of the Year. Meanwhile, head coach Pete Corfeld earned his 29th and 30th career Coach of the Year awards for both the men and women.
Edwards won both the 100m and 200m events for the third-straight year, running a time of 10.66 in the 100m and 21.38 in the 200m. Sine transferring from Winona State, Edwards graduates undefeated at the league meet in the outdoor 100m and 200m events. Junior Lynn Koepke also scored in both events, taking fifth in the 100m (11.23) and fourth in the 200m (22.53).
Edwards also ran on the 4x100m relay, which broke a school and league record with its first-place time of 40.66. That time equaled the NCAA Regional qualifying mark. UWM also swept the relays, taking first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:12.64, a league record, but 0.44 seconds of the school mark.
Gretz, who entered the meet prominently ranked nationally in the shot put and discus, won both events. He topped the shot put with a league-record throw of 59-5 ¾. Three more Panthers scored in the event as junior Larry Ehrhorn was third at 48-2 ¾, senior Nick Wichert fifth (43-0 ¼) and freshman Shane Tiegen sixth (39-1 ¼. In the discus, Gretz threw 174-2 for the win, while Wichert (3rd, 141-11) and Tiegen (4th, 135-7) scored as well.
Senior Jeremy Majors and sophomore Adam Schleis each successfully defended league titles, while junior Darren Cole won his second triple jump crown in three years. Majors paced the 800m in 1:51.97 and Schleis won the 110m hurdles in a league-record time of 14.57. Junior Justin Bohler also scored in the hurdles, running a time of 14.87 for second. In the triple jump, Cole leapt a career-best 49-3 for the win.
Freshmen had a great day, as Bucholz won the 400m and Mongoven the high jump. Bucholz crossed the line in the 400m in 48.48, just ahead of freshman Isaiah Adams in second with a time of 48.55. Mongoven cleared 6-5 ½ to top the high jump, adding to his indoor title in the event, as well.
Junior Nick Hawley and sophomore Patrick Casey also scored for UWM on the day. Hawley was sixth in the 1500m with a time of 3:56.10, good enough for 10th in school history. Casey scored in the 400m hurdles, placing fifth in 58.17.