Panthers Repeat As Indoor League Champions
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb. 25, 2007) - Senior Timeka Walker won two events on day two to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team to its second-straight Horizon League Indoor Championship Sunday in Ann Arbor.
The Panthers owned a 10-point lead after day one and expanded it to 18 to take first over Youngstown State 170-152. UWM and YSU distanced themselves from the field as Butler took third with 83 points, ahead of Loyola with 69. UIC took fifth with 33 points and Wright State (30 points) and Detroit (21) rounded out the field.
Head coach Pete Corfeld was named Horizon League Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.
Walker repeated as league champion in both the 60m and 200m. She finished the 60m in 7.71 and crossed the line in 25.41 in the 200m. Freshman Stef Ross also scored in the 60m, taking fourth in 7.93. The Panthers won one more event championship on the second day, topping the field in an exciting 4x400m relay. Senior Taryn Cozine, sophomore Kicha Cary and freshmen Emily Budde and Laura Ring combined on a time of 4:02.13 for UWM's second-straight title in the event.
Cary anchored the relay, bringing UWM back from third place for the win. As she made a move around the final turn, runners from Youngstown and Loyola stumbled and Cary leapt the pair and finished the race first.
Milwaukee added second-place showings in three more events, including the triple jump where three Panthers scored. Sophomore Beth Zimmerman took second with a jump of 38-0, while Cary took fifth at 37-6 1/2. Freshman Reigna Pierce rounded out the scorers in the event in sixth with a distance of 37-5.
Junior Amber Curtis finished second in the shot put, throwing 43-1 3/4, and freshman Jamie Woods took fourth in the event with a toss of 41-9 1/4. Ring also had a second-place finish, completing the 800m in 2:19.17.
In the 60m hurdles, two athletes scored in Cozine and senior Andrea Ziebell. Cozine took fourth in 9.21 and Ziebell fifth in 9.43. There were two more events with a pair of UWM scorers with sophomore Holly Nearman taking fourth in the 3000m (10:33.37) and junior Erin Magargee in fifth (10:45.17). Senior Kourtney Nault took fifth in the mile run in 5:22.80 and junior Angie Huebner was sixth (5:29.18).
Magargee also scored in the 1000m, taking fourth with a time of 3:09.38. Sophomore Jenni Saarinen also scored on the day, taking furth in the high jump with a final height of 5-1 1/4.
For the majority of the Panthers, the indoor season has come to a close, while a select handful of athletes will return to action next weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.