Curtis Breaks Pair Of School Marks At SIU Invite
CARBONDALE, Ill. (March 25, 2007) - Junior Amber Curtis broke school records in the discus and weight throws to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team in its first action of the outdoor season Friday and Saturday in Carbondale.
The Panthers took eighth at the meet, its first since repeating as Horizon League Indoor Champions last month, scoring 55 points. Indiana State took top honors with 122.
Curtis capped her weekend with a throw of 158-2 in the discus to take second and handily eclipse Anne Vuchichevich's school record of 136-10. She took second in the event, while qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in her first meet of the outdoor season. In the weight throw Friday, she tossed 139-11 to break the school standard of 129-3, held by Stephanie Ray. She placed 12th in that event.
Freshman Erin Havener also posted a second-place finish, clearing 11-5 3/4 in the pole vault. Her final height is tied for third in school history.
Sophomore Beth Zimmerman nearly met the school record in the triple jump, leaping 38-4 3/4 to increase her personal record, which was already second in school history, and place third in the event. Freshman Reigna Pierce was fourth with a jump of 37-7 1/4, a leap that ranks fifth in school history. Both jumpers also competed in the long jump with Zimmerman taking fifth (18-5) and Pierce placing sixth (17-0).
Milwaukee also got top-five finishes from sophomore Holly Nearman in the 5,000m, senior Timeka Walker in the 200m and the 4x100m relay. Nearman placed third with a time of 17:53.89, while Walker crossed the line in her event in 25.43 or fourth.
UWM returns to action next Saturday at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational in nearby Wauwatosa, Wis.