Panthers Have Record-Breaking Day At Drake Relays
April 23, 2004
DES MOINES, Iowa - Competing in the second day of the 95th Annual Drake Relays, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men and women's track and field team added to the strong runs from Thursday night to break a school record in the men's 3200 and 1600-meter relays and contribute more encouraging results in Friday's competition.
The combination of Gabe Wagoner, Justin Gorman, Elliot Enright and Jeremy Majors took it upon themselves to re-write the UWM record book as they competed in the 3200-meter relay and completed the event in a time of 7:33.49 to place seventh. The time set by the four Panthers was strong enough to edge out the previous record time of 7:33.94, which was attained by BJ Blake, Joe Tuttle, Nick Viall and Cornelius Hill at the 2002 Drake Relays.
Though the stellar running of the men's relay team highlighted the day, the rest of the Milwaukee runners continued the trend of strong runs. The women's 400-meter relay team of Iris Perez, Katie Slamka, Sara Vanderloop and Timeka Walker claimed a fifth-place finish with a time of 47.98.
UWM's final relay event of the day was track and field's most exciting relay, the 1600-meter relay. The group of Slamka, Tenia Fisher, Taryn Cozine and Teresa Braunreiter compiled the third-fastest time in school history by placing sixth in their heat with a time of 3:50.15. The men's quartet of Adam Hobler, Eric Gresham, Enright and Majors took their chances at the UWM record books and came away successful. The four Panthers placed fourth in their heat, but completed the event with a time of 3:12.22. The previous record time of 3:12.65 was recorded at last year's Drake Relays by Hobler, Enright, Viall and Gresham.
On the Individual side, Slamka came back to compete in the 400-meter hurdles, placing 21st overall with a season-best time of 1:02.42, while Nick Davis tied his season-best jump of 6'7.5" in the high jump to place eighth.
Competition for the final day of the Drake Relays is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Milwaukee's first taste of competition will come at 9:20 a.m. with the women's shuttle hurdle relay starting things off.