Panthers Win Division I Invitational In Season Opener
KENOSHA, Wis. (Jan. 14, 2006) - Senior Timeka Walker won both the 55m and 200m as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field won the Division I Invitational in its season opener, Saturday afternoon in Kenosha.
Despite not running any athletes longer than the 400m, UWM scored 155 points for top honors. Host Carthage College finished with 130 points, while DePaul was third with 114. Loyola (62 points), UW-Parkside (24) and Oakton Community College (6) rounded out the field.
Walker finished the 55m with a time of 7.31, more than 0.2 seconds ahead of teammate Iris Perez in second (7.53). In the 200m, she ran to a time of 25.89.
The Panthers showed their depth in the long jump and 100m hurdles, posting the top five long jumpers and top three hurdlers. In the long jump, sophomore Joy VanLaanen won the event with a distance of 17-11 3/4 to pace a pack of teammates. Freshman Kory Olson was second with a jump of 17-3 1/2, while freshmen Beth Zimmerman (16-10 1/2), Kicha Cary (15-11 1/2) and Alicia Schneider (15-11) rounded out the top five.
Zimmerman also won the triple jump, leaping 35-4.
Freshman Jes Weyandt, sophomore Shannon Buttchen and freshman Jenni Saarinen rounded out the standout performers for UWM. Weyandt tied for top honors in the pole vault, clearing 10-2. Meanwhile, Buttchen placed second in the 400m in 1:01.38 and freshman Jenni Saarinen cleared 5-1 3/4 in the high jump for third.
Milwaukee returns to action next Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb.