Zimmerman Highlights Friday Track Action In Iowa
INDIANOLA, Iowa (April 27, 2007) - Sophomore Beth Zimmerman won the triple jump in record fashion to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team in action Friday in Iowa.
Zimmerman and some teammates competed at the Kip Janvrin Simpson College Open in Indianola, while more competed at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines.
Zimmerman leapt 39-6 1/2 in winning the triple jump to reset her school record in the event. She had previously set the standard at 38-11 last week at the Kansas Relays. Freshman Reigna Pierce also nearly topped the mark, jumping 38-7 to take third. Zimmerman was also second in the long jump (18-5 1/4), as well, while Pierce was ninth (17-6 1/4) and freshman Emily Budde placed 10th (17-4 1/4).
Senior Taryn Cozine also had a big meet at Simpson College, taking second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.90. The time was a career best and is now fifth-best in school history.
Sophomore Jenni Saarinen also placed second in an event on the day, clearing 5-6 in the high jump. She tied first place, but was runner-up based on attempts. Saarinen also competed in the javelin, throwing 117-0 for sixth. Sophomore Kory Olson was ninth in the javelin with a throw of 114-4.
Sophomores Joy VanLaanen, Shannon Buttchen and freshman Laura Ring also posted top-six finishes. VanLaanen cleared 11-6 to tie for fourth in the pole vault, while Ring took fifth in the 400m in 59.09. Buttchen posted a personal-best 800m time of 2:17.77 in taking sixth in the 800m.
Nearman was one of the squad's first competitors of the weekend, kicking things off at the Drake Relays Thursday with a fifth-place showing in the 10,000m. The winner of the 5,000m at the Kansas Relays a week ago, her time is fourth in school history.
Friday, senior Timeka Walker and junior Amber Curtis also competed at Drake. Walker was ninth in the preliminries of the 100m with a time of 11.92. She missed the finals by just 0.02 seconds. In the discus, Curtis was 17th with a throw of 150-9.
The Drake Relays come to an end Saturday, with the first session of the day getting started at 8 a.m.