Panther Women Run Strong At Lee Calhoun Invitational
April 10, 2004
MACOMB, Ill. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team claimed a fifth-place team finish Saturday afternoon at the Lee Calhoun Invitational held on the campus of Western Illinois University. The women notched 100.50 team points to finish in fifth. Despite the low team finish, the UWM women found positive results.
Jodi Hrdina, Tenia Fisher, Katie Slamka, Andrea Ziebell and Stephanie Ray turned in good outings Saturday afternoon by finishing within the top three of their events. Hrdina claimed a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.83. Fisher continues to make a name for herself as one of the most consistent runners in the Horizon League by adding a second-place finish in the 800-meter run with her time of 2:14.62. Slamka placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.77. Ziebell added a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a finishing time of 1:07.45 while Ray also placed third in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10' 11.75". The lone top finish came courtesy of the women's 1600-meter relay team which took first with a top time of 3:54.35.
Even though Milwaukee didn't have an overwhelming amount of first-place finishes, other athletes contributed to the cause with strong finishes and times. Christine Wampach paced the way in the 1,500-meter run by taking fourth with her time of 4:47.70. Anna Christian and Kourtney Nault finished strong in the 5,000-meter run by finishing fourth and sixth. Christian completed the event with a time of 17:38.33 while Nault added a time of 18:32.08. Griffin McNulty covered the 800-meter run by taking fifth behind Fisher with a time of 2:18.75.
The sprinting events were covered by Iris Perez, Marcia Roundtree, Sara Vanderloop and Jakara Johnson. Perez placed fifth with a time of 25.72 in the 200-meter dash. Roundtree and VanderLoop placed sixth and seventh for Milwaukee in the 100-meter dash with times of 12.52 ands 12.59. Johnson rounded out the performances by taking seventh in the 400-meter run with a finishing time of 1:00.40
The Panthers will return to action next weekend when they head to Lawrence, Kan. UWM will be competing in the two-day long Kansas Relays held on the campus of Kansas University. Competition is set to start Friday, April 16 and will conclude Saturday, April 17. The first session of events is slated for a 9 a.m. start time.