Panther Women Take Second At League Championships
Feb. 27, 2005
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Juniors Tenia Fisher, Griffin McNulty and Stephanie Ray each won individual championships to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team at the 2005 Horizon League Indoor Championships this weekend in Greencastle, Ind. For the second straight year, the Panthers placed second at the indoor meet, scoring 103 points. Youngstown State captured the title with 165.
Fisher, who has put together a stellar junior campaign, repeated as indoor 800m champion as she crossed the finish line with a time of 2:15.85. McNulty placed sixth in the event in 2:22.24, before winning the 1000m event in 2:57.14. Another junior, Katie Anderson, placed fifth in the 1000 (3:04.21) and also scored in the mile run, taking sixth in 5:08.49.
In the pole vault, Ray finished with a final height of 10-8 to claim her second-straight league pole vault crown after winning the event outdoors last season. She also scored in the triple jump, taking fourth with a leap of 35-8 1/2. Freshman Joy VanLaanen cleared 10-0 for fourth in the pole vault, in addition to leading Milwaukee in the long jump, where she took third with a distance of 17-2 1/4.
The Panthers' multi-event specialist, junior Katie Slamka, was fourth in the event with a jump of 17-1 1/2. Slamka also posted third-place finishes in the high jump and 60m hurdles. She posted a final height of 5-1 in the high jump, then ran a time of 9.12 in the hurdles. Slamka also ran with one of two third-place relays, teaming with senior Teresa Braunreiter, sophomore Amber Perri and freshman Shannon Buttchen for a time of 3:58.39 in the 4x400m. The distance medley relay also placed third, as McNulty, Braunreiter, Fisher and Anderson completed the event with a time of 12:45.01.
Sophomore Timeka Walker narrowly missed a school record in the 200m, in one of her two third-place showings in sprint events. She finished in 25.19, just one-hundredths of a second off the school standard, ahead of junior Iris Perez in fourth in 26.01. Walker also ran to a third-place finish in the 60m with her time of 7.73.
A pair of freshmen led UWM in the distance events and 400m. Angie Huebner was the team's top scorer in the 3000m and 5000m, while Buttchen finished fifth in the 400m. Huebner scored a point in the 3000m with a sixth-place finish and her time of 10:21.99. In the 5000m, she went fourth in 17:50.93, ahead of senior Anna Christian in sixth (18:04.96). Buttchen finished the 400m in 59.44 for fifth, while Perri was sixth in 59.68.
Milwaukee's indoor season continues next weekend (March 4-5) at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The meet, hosted by Notre Dame, is a last chance qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships the following weekend in Arkansas.