Panther Women Shine At Northern Iowa Classic
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Feb. 2, 2008) - Junior Holly Nearman won the 3000m and sophomore Jamie Woods set a school record in the weight throw to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team at the Northern Iowa Classic Saturday at the UNI-Dome.
Nearman ran a time of 10:13.41 in pacing the event. Her time is a personal best and eighth-best in school history. Woods, meanwhile, placed fourth in the weight throw with her school-record toss of 51-7. She surpassed the former standard of 48-7 ½ set by junior Amber Curtis last season.
Milwaukee also got second-place finishes from the 4x400m relay and sophomore Erin Havener. Senior Shannon Buttchen, sophomores Kelsey Conrad and Laura Ring, and freshman Angie Kaufmann teamed on a time of 3:58.86 as UWM's `A' relay which was just over six seconds off first place. Ring also competed in the 800m, taking fourth in 2:19.61, and Buttchen ran in the 400m. She crossed the line in 1:00.04 for seventh place.
Conrad competed in both the 60m and 200m. In the 200m, she ran a time of 25.47 for fourth. The time is fifth in school history. She also qualified for the finals in the 60m with a sixth-place finish, but did not compete. Freshman Marquisha Bradley was another Panther qualifier in the 60m, taking seventh in the finals (7.91).
Havener cleared 11-3 ¾ to tie for second in the pole vault. Junior Jes Weyandt also finished in the top five of the event. She tied for fifth with a height of 10-10.
Junior Jenni Saarinen, senior Erin and junior Danielle Magargee, and two Panthers in the 60m hurdles also had top-10 finishes on the day. Saarinen tied for fourth in the high jump with a final height of 5-3. Both Magargees competed in the mile run, with Erin taking sixth in 5:12.06 and Danielle 10th in 5:18.79.
UWM returns to action next weekend at the Akron Open, next Friday in Ohio.