Panthers Wrap Up Regular Season With Top Times
April 28, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track & field teams combined to win three events at the Marquette Invitational and juniors Durell Busby and Samia Taylor both had strong finishes at the 103rd running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa Saturday.
One week after breaking his own school record in the 110m hurdles, Busby - who is ranked 24th in the nation in the event - finished sixth against some of the nation's other top runners. Also at the Drake Relays, Taylor finished 11th overall with a leap of 39-5 1/4 (12.02m) in triple jump.
In Milwaukee, Garrett Vetesnik, Laura Hamel and Jake Goodwiler all took first on the day despite challenging weather conditions to lead the Panthers at cross-town rival Marquette's Melvin "Bus" Shimek Track & Field Facility at Valley Fields.
"There were a lot of positives to take away from today," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We held a few people out, but for those that did compete I saw plenty of good things today. We're just trying to make sure everyone's ready for the conference meet next weekend and today was just one more step in that direction."
Vetesnik won the pole vault for the second time this season, clearing 16-2 3/4 (4.95m) to take the top spot. Junior Dan Simon was just behind with a season-best height of 15-9 (4.80m) for second place. On the women's side, junior Sarah Finer led the way for UWM with a season-best vault of 11-9 3/4 (3.60m) for third overall. Senior Courtney Fisher was sixth and junior Chantel McConville was seventh, both at 11-3 3/4 (3.45m).
Hamel continued to improve and took the top spot in women's high jump with a mark of 5-1 (1.55m). Freshman Ashley Brusveen also cleared the same mark but took third in a jump-off. Senior Ashlee Mongoven finished sixth at 4-11 (1.50m).
Goodwiler won the javelin throw after clearing 125-4 (38.20m) on his final throw of the day. The freshman also took fifth in discus, clearing 131-3 (40.00m), just behind freshman Alex Chollet at 141-9 (43.20m) in third and senior Matt Jensen 137-6 (41.91m) in fourth. Chollet also led the way for the Panthers in hammer throw, taking eighth with a season-best toss of 147-0 (44.82m).
Junior Moriah Myles took third in shot put for the women with a heave of 38-2 (11.63m). Junior Brittany Alsum was Milwaukee's top finisher in discus, clearing 130-1 (39.65m), just shy of her season-best mark. Sophomore Nancy Harmon took third for UWM in hammer throw with a mark of 159-0 (48.46m).
In jumps, junior Erika Suchla finished second overall in triple jump with a leap of 36-6 3/4 (11.14m). Suchla also came in fifth in long jump after clearing 15-9 1/2 (4.81m). Junior Dan Simon took second for the men in long jump with a mark of 21-3 1/2 (6.49m).
In running events, freshman Sammy Woller became just the fourth-ever UWM female to compete in the 3000m steeplechase, taking third with a time of 11:26.95. That time now stands third in school history.
Freshman Erin McCauley had a pair of top finishes for Milwaukee. The newcomer took second in the 100m hurdles in 16.89 and also came in runner-up in the 400m hurdles, crossing the line in 1:12.17.
Freshman Louie Glotfelty came in eighth in the 1500m with a time of 4:14.06 in his first time in the event on the year. On the women's side, Milwaukee had five runners finish in consecutive order, led by freshman Emily Hamilton in 5:06.59.
Milwaukee's next action is this coming weekend (May 4-6) when it hosts the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Action is set to start Friday morning at 8 a.m. and wrap up Sunday afternoon.