Panthers Win Seven Events On Second Day Of Calhoun Invite
MACOMB, Ill. (April 9, 2011) - Simbi Laaro won two individual events and ran with a first-place relay to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team to seven total wins on the second and final day of the Calhoun Invitational Saturday at Western Illinois.
Behind the second-day push, Milwaukee finished second at the meet with 177 points. Illinois State won the meet with 210 points and Marquette was third with 106. There were 12 teams in the field.
Erin Havener won the pole vault, breaking her own school record in the event and led five Panthers in the top 10 of the event. Havener cleared 13-1 1/2 to become the first woman in school history to ever clear the 13-foot mark, indoors or outdoors, and eclipsed her outdoor school standard of 12-7 1/2. Chantel McConville cleared 11-1 3/4 for fifth, while Sarah Finer and Courtney Fisher each cleared 10-8. Finer was eighth and Fisher ninth based on attempts. Amy Magnuson rounded out the top-10 with a height of 10-2.
Laaro scored wins in both the 100m and 200m events. She crossed the line in the shorter sprint race in 12.14, the eighth-best time in school history. Chiamaka Okonkwo was fifth in 12.34. In the 200m, Laaro ran 25.37. Laaro and Okonkwo made up half of the 4x100m relay that took first in 47.62. They were joined by Calanetta Burrows and Samia Taylor, both winners of other events as well, on the relay.
Taylor led Panthers in the top three places in the triple jump. She set a PR in the event and remains second in school history with her jump of 41-1. Reigna Pierce, who PR'd and won the long jump Friday, jumped a personal-best 39-7 3/4 for second. She is third in school history. Erika Suchla rounded out the top three with a jump of 38-11 1/2 and Casey Griebel was also in the top 10 in ninth (35-0 1/2).
Okonkwo added a win of her own, lowering her personal record in the 100m hurdles for the second-straight week, this time to 14.20. She is second in school history in the event. Shelby Schaal was second in 14.48, the fourth-best time in school history, and Laura Hamel took seventh in 15.67.
Schaal was also runner-up in the 400m hurdles to Burrows, who finished first in 1:02.43. Schaal ran 1:03.38 for second. Her time is 10th in school history. Burrows was also part of the runner-up 4x400m relay that finished in 3:53.99. That relay was filled out by Angie Kaufmann, Erika Hanson and Kristi Schuette.
Kaufmann took second in the 400m, finishing in 56.10. Hanson took seventh in the event in 57.67. Schuette had a seventh-place finish of her own, running 2:20.03 in the 800m.
Milwaukee also got top-10 finishes in the discus and 1500m. Brittany Alsum threw 140-5 in the discus for third and Nancy Harmon was eighth with a throw of 128-8, which is fifth in school history. In the 1500m, Tanaiya Fisher ran 4:41.57, the 10th-best time in school history, for fifth. Shannon Brown was close behind in sixth with a time of 4:42.14.
The Panthers return to action next weekend at the Dave Rankin Invitational Friday and Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.