Records Fall At Iowa State Cyclone Classic
AMES, Iowa (Feb. 10, 2007) - Sophomore Jenni Saarinen set the school pentathlon record and junior Amber Curtis broke the weight throw mark in her Panther debut to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic this weekend in Ames, Iowa.
Saarinen kicked the meet off Thursday in the pentathlon, scoring 3,688 points to take second in the event. The score, which missed the NCAA Provisional score by just 12 points, broke her own school mark of 3,459 set at last year's league championships. On Friday, she competed in the long jump, tying her personal record in the event of 18-6 to take 19th. Sophomore Beth Zimmerman placed 15th and moved to sixth in school history with a leap of 18-8.
Zimmerman led a Panther contingent in the triple jump, taking 26th with a jump of 38-7, just ahead of sophomore Kicha Cary in 27th (38-5 1/2). The real story of the event was freshman Reigna Pierce who, while taking 37th, jumped 37-6 3/4 for the fourth-best jump in school history. The underclass trio now make up three of UWM's top four jumps in the event.
In her first meet with Milwaukee since transferring from Nebraska, Curtis threw 45-9 in the weight throw Friday to break freshman teammate Jamie Woods' school record of 44-4 1/4. Then on Saturday, she posted the second-best shot put in school history, throwing 45-1.
Freshman Kelsey Conrad had an auspicious meet, cracking UWM's all-time top 10 in both the 200m and 400m. Senior Timeka Walker led the way in the 200m on Friday, placing 28th in the preliminaries with a time of 25.09. Conrad was the next Panther finisher, running a time of 25.96 for ninth in school history and 86th in the event. On Saturday, she ran another PR in the 400m, finishing in 58.68 to crack the one-minute mark for the first time and move to ninth in school history. She placed 54th in the event.
Milwaukee returns to action Friday, hosting its only meet of the season. The UWM Double Dual kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Klotsche Center.