Panthers Head To Qualifying Meets Friday
May 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Fresh off another Horizon League Championship weekend, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track & field teams head to a pair of meets this weekend in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA West Region Championships, May 24-26, in Austin, Texas.
Part of the team will head to the Dr. Keller Invitational in Naperville, Ill., Friday, while a few individuals will head just upstate for the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open.
Scouting the Meets
Currently, Milwaukee has six student-athletes ranked in the top 48 in various events and more than a handful of others just missing that mark. In all, UWM boasts 28 rankings in the top 100 regionally.
Hitting the Ground Running
In all, Milwaukee athletes have now tallied 58 all-time top-10 marks, including an incredible 20 at last weekend's Horizon League Championships. The Panthers have also posted four school records this year and four league records.
Last weekend, Dan Simon shattered the school and league records in the decathlon with a new top score of 6,926 points. Shelby Schaal also broke the multi record on the women's side of the league championships, setting the new standard to 5,084 points. Garrett Vetesnik (pole vault, 5.08m) and Dexter Schleis (400m hurdles, 52.63) also broke league records at the conference meet last weekend.
Senior Shelby Schaal sits 51st in the heptathlon after breaking her own school record twice this year with a score of 5,084 points. She is also ranked nationally in javelin after breaking the Milwaukee school record a few weeks back with a toss of 144-3 (43.98m) for 100th in the nation.
Four other Panthers currently find themselves in the top 100, including Dan Simon in the decathlon (56th, 6,926 points), Samia Taylor in long jump (79th, 6.02m), Garrett Vetesnik in pole vault (83rd, 5.08m) and Sherice Hewett in triple jump (88th, 12.36m)
Jan. 15 - Aaron Dillon, Samia Taylor
Putting the 'Great' in Great Lakes
Individually, the Panthers also find themselves regionally ranked (top eight) with seven individuals and one relay team placing in nine events.
Triple Jump U
Meanwhile, the women have won four-straight indoor titles and had a run of five-straight outdoor crowns before finishing second in 2013.
On the national level, Milwaukee has qualified for the regional meet six times in the last six years, highlighted by Samia Taylor's run to the NCAA Championships in 2011. Taylor finished 18th in the country that year, earning All-American Honorable Mention status.
Hurdling All Competition
In outdoor, the Panthers have had even more success. Coach Corfeld's squad took the top four spots in the 110m hurdles and the top two in the 400m hurdles at last year's league championships. Those groups nearly repeated that feat this year, finishing first, second, fourth and eighth in the 400m hurdles and first, second, fifth and eighth in the 110m hurdles.
In fact, Milwaukee's school record holder in every men's hurdle event, indoor and outdoor, is still competing this season. With every member of the group holding junior eligibility or younger, the Panthers look to maintain their stronghold in this area for quite some time.
On top of that, Durell Busby earned All-American status at last year's NCAA Championships by placing 12th in the 110m hurdles a season ago.
This year, Milwaukee has continued their incredible tradition by winning the men's shuttle hurdle relay at the historic Drake Relays. Durell Busby, Alex Delveaux, Jordan Schmidt and Dexter Schleis teamed up to post a school-record run in finals to knock off defending champion Indiana State in a thrilling race to the finish.