Panthers Head To Louisville For NCAA Qualifier
May 10, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Fresh off another Horizon League Championship weekend, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track & field teams head to Louisville, Ky. this weekend for the Cardinal Twilight in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA West Region Championships, May 24-26, in Austin, Texas.
The Panthers will send 24 individuals to Louisville Friday trying to improve on their already impressive regional rankings and earn a berth to next weekend's regional meet.
Scouting The Meet
Currently, Milwaukee has seven 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 23 rankings in the top 100 regionally, including seven being ranked among the top in the nation.
Last Time Out
The Panthers took the top four spots in the 110m hurdles and the top three in the high jump to cruise to a 67-point win, amassing an impressive 175 total points over the three-day championship event.
On the women's side, UWM fell just short, taking second with 129 total points. Milwaukee had to deal with a weather delay and injuries before finally having the meet cancelled prior to the final event.
Last weekend, senior Laura Hamel broke the school record in high jump with a leap of 5-8 1/2 (1.74m) while battling in the heptathlon portion of the competition. Durell Busby also broke a league record in the 110m hurdles. The junior broke his own previous league record with a time of 14.30 in prelims and then shattered the mark with a run of 13.92 in finals, just missing his school record of 13.90.
Junior Durell Busby leads the way, coming in 33rd in the nation in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.90.
Other Panthers currently receiving national attention are Shelby Schaal in the heptathlon (47th/5,063 points), freshman Aaron Dillon (75th/15.20m) and junior Samia Taylor (78th/12.49) in men's and women's triple jump, sophomore Dexter Schleis in the 400m hurdles (78th/52.24) and sophomore Nick Hughes (73rd/2.10m) and senior Laura Hamel (92nd/1.74m), both in high jump.