Conrad Breaks League Record On Day Two Of League Meet
LISLE, Ill. (May 2, 2009) - Junior Kelsey Conrad broke the league 200m record and three Panthers posted runner-up finishes to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team on the second day of the 2009 Horizon League Championships Saturday.
"Our team is competing well. People are covering their spots and we have a lot of qualifiers heading into tomorrow," UWM head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We're definitely in the ballgame Sunday. We just need the results, but they are there to be had. The confidence they are showing is good to see. We had a lot of (personal records) and top-10s today, and now is a good time for them."
Milwaukee sits second in the league standings with one day remaining. Youngstown State leads the way with 94 points, ahead of the Panthers' 63. UIC has 34, Detroit 22 and Wright State and Loyola are tied for fifth with 12. Butler has 10 points and Valparaiso rounds out the field with one.
Conrad ran a time of 24.20 in the preliminaries of the 200m to break former Panther Timeka Walker's league record of 24.28. Conrad's time is also second in school history, behind Walker. She also qualified first in the 100m, while freshman Katie Duchow will join her in Sunday's finals of the event.
Junior Reigna Pierce took second in the long jump with a leap of 18-10 3/4. That leap is tied for ninth in school history. Junior Emily Budde also scored in the event, taking third with a jump of 18-10 1/2.
Budde led two scorers in the heptathlon, taking third there as well. She scored 4,304 points--eighth in school history--while sophomore Stacey Trzcinski was fifth with 3,738. Trzcinski also scored in the javelin, throwing 96-2 for fifth.
Junior Jamie Woods and sophomore Chelsea Von Ruden also earned all-league second team honors as runners-up in their events. Woods threw 141-2 for second in the discus. Von Ruden cleared 5-2 1/2 in the high jump to tie for second. Freshman Laura Hamel also cleared 5-2 1/2 in the event, but took fourth based on jumps.
Budde also qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles, taking fourth in the preliminaries. Freshman Shelby Schaal also qualified in the event and the 400m hurdles, where she placed fourth. Freshman Calanetta Burrows was the team's top 400m hurdle qualifier, taking third.
Milwaukee also qualified two in the 800m and one more in the 400m. Freshman Erika Hanson qualified second in the 800m, ahead of sophomore Tanaiya Fisher in sixth. Sophomore Angie Kaufmann qualified sixth in the 400m.
The league championships wrap up Sunday.