Panthers Claim Third-Straight Horizon League Indoor Championship
GENEVA, Ohio (Feb. 27, 2011) - Elise Sigg won her second event of the weekend and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team won three other events on Sunday as the team claimed the 2011 Horizon League Indoor Championship at the GaREAT Complex.
The Panthers won the indoor meet for the third-straight season and have won five of the last six indoor crowns. They brought home the championship with 154 points, outscoring host Youngstown State in second place by 37 points (117). Butler was third with 70 points, while Loyola and Wright State tied for fourth with 56. UIC scored 41.50 points for sixth place, Detroit was seventh with 23 and Valparaiso scored 9.50 points for eighth.
Sigg was named the Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet, while Reigna Pierce, long jump champion Saturday and runner-up in the triple jump Sunday, was named Outstanding Field Performer. Simbi Laaro, meanwhile, was named the Track Newcomer of the Year.
"It was great that the women won so many post-competition awards," Corfeld said. "It's nice to see them get honored in that way."
With the Milwaukee men also winning, the program swept the men's and women's indoor titles for the third-straight year and the sixth time since 2000. Head coach Pete Corfeld has now led his teams to 42 league championships over track and field and cross country. Corfeld also now has 42 league coach of the year awards after earning the award on both sides this weekend.
Sigg won a league title in the 5000m on Saturday and came back to take the 3000m crown with a time of 9:46.58. A sophomore, she was one of three underclass champs for UWM Sunday, while a freshman ran a leg on the league-record 4x400m relay.
Laaro, a freshman, tied a school record in winning the 60m. She ran a time of 7.63 to equal Timeka Walker's school standard. Walker is a volunteer assistant with the squad.
In the triple jump, sophomore Samia Taylor brought home a title, leading three Panther scorers in the event. She leapt 40-6 1/4 to edge teammate Pierce for first place, who moved up to second in school history with her jump of 40-6. She had broken the school long jump record Saturday. Erika Suchla, another sophomore, scored in sixth place with a jump of 38-11 1/2. That distance moved her up to fourth in school history.
The 4x400m relay of juniors Angie Kaufmann, Calanetta Burrows, Erika Hanson and freshman Lauren Grant broke a league record in winning the event. They combined on a time of 3:51.79, posting the third-best time in school history and surpassing the league mark of 3:52.35 set by the 2006 Panthers.
Kaufmann and Grant each scored in the 400m, running personal-best times in the process. Kaufmann took third in 56.84, the third-best time in school history, and Grant was fifth in 57.62, fifth-best all-time.
Laura Hamel and Chia Okonkwo also earned all-league honors, finishing as runner-up in their events. Hamel was second in the high jump, clearing 5-2 1/2. Ashlee Mongoven also cleared that height, but was third based on attempts. Chantel McConville took sixth with a height of 5-0 1/2. Okonkwo ran 8.74 for second in the 60m hurdles. She also scored in the 200m, taking fifth in 25.63.
Also scoring on the day was Tanaiya Fisher in the mile run, Moriah Myles in the shot put and Kristi Schuette in the 800m. Fisher ran 5:06.31 and Myles threw 42-6 1/4, as both athletes were third. Schuette finished in 2:15.33 for fifth.