Panthers Battle Weather To Finish Weekend Strong At PolyTan Invite
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 23, 2011) - Nancy Harmon broke a school record in the hammer throw and Samia Taylor won the triple jump to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team on the final day of the PolyTan Invitational Saturday.
"It seems like the kids got rolling and we really started to get going during the day today. We had a lot of personal bests and some great performances all around. We are excited to get after it next weekend at the Drake Relays and then on to the Horizon League. I think we are setting ourselves up there well and looking good."
Harmon's day included her school-record hammer throw of 163-10 and a shot put of 40-9. In the hammer, her throw put her 10th in the event and surpassed Jamie Woods' school record of 160-9. The shot put was 11th and moved her to eighth in school history. Moriah Myles was close behind in the hammer, taking 12th with a toss of 148-10. That throw is a personal best and keeps her fourth all-time.
Taylor led an exceptional effort in the horizontal jumps, winning the triple jump with a leap of 40-6. Reigna Pierce was second with a jump of 39-1 3/4 and Erika Suchla was fourth at 38-9. In the long jump, Pierce led the way with another runner-up finish, jumping 18-9 1/4. Taylor was fourth in that event at 18-6 1/4 and Suchla took eighth with a distance of 17-3 1/4.
Milwaukee had three other individual top-10 finishers on Saturday and a number of more solid performances. Simbia Laaro took seventh in the 100m 12.36 and Chiamaka Okonkwo was eighth in the 100m hurdles in 14.49. Rounding out the trio was Ashlee Mongoven in the high jump, taking 10th with a final height of 4-11 3/4.
The 4x400m relay also took fifth, completing the distance in 3:57.51. That relay consisted of Laaro, Calanetta Burrows, Angie Kaufmann and Erika Hanson.
Kaufmann ran a strong time in the 400m, while Hanson was one of three Panthers with big efforts in the 800m. Kaufmann finished her event in 56.20, just off her season-best time. Tanaiya Fisher led the way in the 800m, clocking 2:14.25 for 15th place and the fifth-best time in school history. Hanson ran 2:15.88 for 17th and Kristi Schuette was 21st in 2:17.19.
The Panthers return to action next weekend at the Drake Relays, their final tune-up before the 2011 Horizon League Outdoor Championships the following weekend in Indianapolis.