Panthers Head To League Championships This Weekend
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 28, 2008) - Winners of the last four league indoor championships, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's track and field team will look to make it five in a row at the 2008 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships, this weekend in Kent, Ohio.
The meet, hosted by Youngstown State, will be at Kent State beginning Saturday and ending Sunday.
The Panthers are coming off a 4-0 showing at their own UWM Panthers Tune Up last weekend at the Klotsche Center. Milwaukee defeated three league rivals in Loyola, UIC and Valparaiso. Junior Adam Schleis posted two of the team's seven event wins, as he set a school record in the long jump and topped the field in the 60m hurdles. In the long jump, he leapt 23-10 ¾ to break the 11-year old school mark. He also ran a time of 8.27 in the 60m hurdles for first place.
Schleis was then recognized by the Horizon League for his efforts, both academically and athletically. He was named the league scholar-athlete of the week this week. The award is open to all of the sports the league sponsors.
Milwaukee has seven league leaders entering the league meet, led by Schleis and his best times in the long jump and 60m hurdles (8.19). Sophomore Tyler Bucholz tops the league's charts in the 200m (21.89) and 400m (48.69), while sitting second in the 60m (6.98). Senior Justin Bohler, who is second in the 60m hurdles behind Schleis (8.42), has posted the best heptathlon score this season (4,995 points). Meanwhile, sophomore Isaiah Adams is second to Bucholz in the 200m (22.07).
Also leading the league are defending high jump champion sophomore Quinn Mongoven (6-10 ¼) and senior Darren Cole in the triple jump (48-2 ½), where he is also a defending league champ.
UWM returns six of its nine league champions from last season's league indoor meet, where at it won by 79 points over second-place Youngstown State (175-96). Schleis won both the 60m hurdles and long jump, but was also an all-league second-teamer as runner-up to Cole in the triple jump. Gone is Jeremy Majors, who won the 400m and 800m, but back are Bucholz and Adams who were second and third behind the departed senior in the 400m. The duo will also look to replace the 200m champion in Trentin Edwards.
Milwaukee has a strong tradition at the league meet, having swept the indoor and outdoor league titles in each of the last four seasons. The Panthers have also won nine of the last 11 indoor crowns to go with nine championships in the 10-year history of the outdoor meet.
After the league meet is over, some Panthers will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational, March 7-8, in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships the following weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.