Panthers Claim Two Wins In Season-Opener At Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 17, 2009) - Junior Jamie Woods won the shot put and freshman Erika Hanson won the 800m to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team at the Badger Track Classic Saturday at Wisconsin.
"This was a good start," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We have something to work with and I'm optimistic for the indoor season. We have a good corps of young athletes to work with. It was nice to get some results on the board to work down from."
Woods threw a personal-best 42-9 in winning the shot put. Meanwhile, in the 800m, Hanson ran a time of 2:22.36 to take first in the event. Two more Panthers were in the top five, with freshman Shelby Schaal taking third in 2:25.53 and freshman Calanetta Burrows running 2:30.70 to take fifth.
Milwaukee also had strong showings in the 200m and 600m events. Freshman Katie Duchow was runner-up in the 200m with a time of 26.99, while junior Stef Ross was third in 27.22. In the 600m, junior Kelsey Conrad placed third with a time of 1:39.97, just ahead of sophomore Angie Kaufmann in fourth in 1:40.93.
Junior Emily Budde had a runner-up finish of her own, taking second in the long jump with a leap of 18-0 1/4. Junior Kory Olson took fourth, jumping 17-4 3/4. Sophomore Stacey Trczinski also had a top-five finish, taking fifth in the pentathlon with a score of 2,548 points.
The Panthers also had two relays in the top four of the 4x400m. Juniors Kory Olson, Kelsey Conrad, Emily Budde and freshman Shelby Schaal formed one relay that took third in 4:04.45. Kaufmann, Hanson, Burrows and senior Jenni Saarinen made up the second quartet, taking fourth in 4:09.96.
UWM returns to action in two weeks, heading back to Madison Jan. 30 for the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.