Panthers Go 5-0 At UWM Panther Tune-Up
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 18, 2011) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team posted a perfect 5-0 record at the UWM Panther Tune-Up Friday evening at the Klotsche Center.
Milwaukee scored wins over league foes UIC (76-49) and Loyola (83-40), as well as Chicago State (85-28), Bradley (84.5-28.5) and a partial squad from Marquette (86-17).
"It was a `tune-up' like the title of the meet suggests. So we were gearing up for (next weekend's) Horizon League Championships and I think we are ready to roll," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We definitely did what we wanted to do here tonight. We got some PRs from the kids, some season-bests. That's what it's about."
The meet was the Panthers' final preparation for the 2011 Horizon League Indoor Championships next weekend (Feb. 26-27) in Cleveland, Ohio. UWM has won four of the last five indoor titles.
Chia Okonkwo highlighted the evening in one of her team's four wins. She topped the field in the 60m hurdles, running a fieldhouse record time of 8.73. That eclipsed the previous mark she had set Jan. 22 of 8.76. She came back and took third in the 60m with a time of 7.94. In that event, Simbi Laaro won with a time of 7.66, the second-fastest time in school history and just 0.03 seconds off the school record. Meanwhile, Laaro added a second-place showing in the 200m, crossing the line in 26.11.
Calanetta Burrows won the 400m, leading a UWM sweep in the top three places. Burrows finished in the top spot in 59.08 and Lauren Grant took second in 1:00.85. Kristi Schuette was third in 1:02.08. Reigna Pierce had the Panthers other win, taking first in the long jump. She leapt 18-7 on her way to victory.
Other notable times included Moriah Myles and Nancy Harmon in both throwing events and Shannon Brown in the 800m. In the shot put, Myles took second with a throw of 42-4 1/4, moving up to seventh in school history in the event. Harmon was third with a toss of 40-4 3/4 and is now ninth in school history. Harmon threw 50-8 1/4 in the weight throw to take second in the event and also post the second-best throw in school history. Myles placed third with her distance of 47-10 and is now fourth in school history.
Brown ran a personal-best time of 2:18.32 to finish second in the 800m. That time is a personal best by 3.32 seconds and also the second-best time on the team this season.
Milwaukee had a pair of top-three finishers in both the pole vault and triple jump. In the vault, Erin Havener was runner-up with a height of 11-11 3/4, while Courtney Fisher was third, clearing 11-5 3/4. Erika Suchla led the way in the triple jump, taking second with a jump of 38-4 3/4. Samia Taylor leapt 35-1 and was third.
Rounding out the top-three finishers on the day was Ashlee Mongoven in the high jump. She posted a final height of 5-1 to tie for second.