Panthers Sweep League Foes At UWM Double Dual
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 16 2007) - Junior Amber Curtis broke her own school record in the weight throw and sophomore Kicha Cary nearly broke another mark in the long jump to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team to a pair of comvincing wins at the UWM Double Dual Friday night at the Klotsche Center.
The Panthers defeated both UIC and Loyola at the meet, which featured dual meet scoring. The Panthers came away with a 98-35 win over the Flames and 97-37 win over the Ramblers. Loyola also defeated UIC, 76-50.
Milwaukee won 10 events on the evening, including two by Curtis.
Competing in just her second meet as a Panther, Curtis threw 48-7 1/2 to win the weight throw event and surpass her own school standard in the event she set last week. Freshman Jamie Woods also surpassed the mark coming in (45-9) when she threw 45-9 3/4 to take second in the event. Curtis and Woods went one and two in the shot put, as well, with Curtis throwing 44-9 1/2 to take first again. Woods had a distance of 41-1 as runner up.
In the long jump, Cary leapt 19-3 1/2 to win the event and move up to second in school history. She missed the mark by just 1 3/4 inches. Freshmen Reigna Pierce and Emily Budde gave UWM a top-three sweep, with Pierce taking second (17-9 1/2) and Budde rounding out the top three (17-8).
UWM swept the 60m-400m events with senior Timeka Walker leading Panthers in the top three places in the 60m and freshman Kelsey Conrad doing the same in the 200m. In the 60m, Walker ran a season-best time of 7.69, as did Stef Ross in second in 7.92 and Conrad in thrid in 7.96. Conrad ran a best time in the 200m, as well, crossing the line in 25.75. Cary was second in 26.27 and Ross took third in 26.56. Budde won the 400m in 1:00.39 with freshman Laura Ring just behind in third with a time of 1:01.03.
Junior Erin Magargee in the 1000m, senior Kourtney Nault in the 300m and ties atop the 60m hurdles and pole vault rounded out Milwaukee first-place finishes. Magargee ran a time of 3:03.29 for the 1000m win, while Nault posted a time of 10:45.68 in her 3000m win.
Sophomore Jenni Saarinen and senior Andrea Ziebell both ran 9.43 in the 60m hurdles to share first-place honors. Lastly, sophomore Jes Weyandt won the pole vault with a final height of 11-1 3/4, while freshman Erin Havener also cleared the height for second place.
The Panthers return to action next weekend at the Horizon League Indoor Championships, Feb. 24-25, in Ann Arbor, Mich. UWM is the defending indoor champion.