Panthers Finish Up Big Blue Classic Strong
CHARLESTON, Ill. (April 2, 2011) - Samia Taylor won the triple jump to lead an strong showing by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team Saturday.
"As a team, they gathered momentum as the weekend went on," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "It's nice to see things progress during the meet as they adapted to competing outdoors again with the weather and conditions. We got back into the swing of things with our first competition of the outdoor season. It's been a while since Horizon League indoors and everybody had to get their competitiveness back and experience a competition setting."
Taylor led three Panthers in the top five of the triple jump, leaping 40-0 1/2 for the win. Erika Suchla was second with a personal-best jump of 39-3. That distance moved her up to fourth in school history. Reigna Pierce was fourth in the event with a leap of 38-9 3/4 and Casey Griebel took 15th at 32-10 1/2.
Pierce led the way in the long jump with a distance of 19-0, eighth-best in school history. Taylor was fourth in that event with a jump of 18-2 1/4. Suchla was eighth at 17-4 3/4 and Griebel 15th at 16-1 3/4.
Chia Okonkwo was the team's next-highest finisher, finishing second in the 100m hurdles. She ran a time of 14.24 in the finals. That time is a personal best, but she remains second in school history. She also competed in the 200m, taking 16th in 26.09.
Okonkwo and Taylor ran with the third-place 4x100m relay. They combined with Simbi Laaro and Calanetta Burrows on a time of 49.17. Laaro competed in the 100m preliminaries, taking sixth in 12.31, but did not run in the finals.
Brittany Alsum highlighted the throws, also sitting second in school history with her throw of 144-6 in the discus. That put her sixth in the event. Moriah Myles led the way in the shot put, taking eighth with the eighth-best throw in school history of 41-1. Nancy Harmon was 11th with a distance of 39-3 1/4 and Alsum took 25th at 33-2. Myles also competed in the javelin, throwing 80-8 for ninth.
Angie Kaufmann took fifth and Erika Hanson was seventh in the 400m, while they were a part of the 4x400m relay as well. In the 400 event, Kaufmann ran 58.27 and Hanson 58.63. They were joined by Burrows and Laaro in the relay and ran 4:01.53.
Kristi Schuette, Ashlee Mongoven and a trio of Panthers in the pole vault also posted top-10 finishes. Schuette ran 2:17.07 for sixth in the 800m, Mongoven cleared 5-0 1/4 in the high jump for 10th and all three vaulters cleared 10-2 1/2. Sarah Finer tied for seventh, Amy Magnuson was ninth and Courtney Fisher 10th based on attempts at the height.
Milwaukee returns to action next weekend at the Lee Calhoun Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in Macomb, Ill.