Schools Records Propel UWM To Horizon League Championship
LISLE, Ill. (May 2, 2010) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team broke three school and league records to put together a strong final day and claim the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championship Sunday.
The Panthers have now swept the 2010 league titles after taking home the indoor crown in March. They scored 217 points over the weekend to handily top second-place Youngstown State by 97 points (120). Butler was third with 100 points.
"We got enough results, top 10's, school records and league records to really get the job done this weekend," head coach Pete Corfeld said. "The kids did awesome, it was great to see them put it all on the line and step up when it mattered. They also had smiles at the end, so you know they have more in them for post-season meets coming up."
Alongside the Milwaukee men's sweep, the men's and women's program completed just the third single-season sweep in league history. The Panthers also won all four league championships in 2001 and 2007.
Corfeld was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side to give him 40 league coach of the year awards in his career, while he now has 40 career titles to his credit. Freshman Samia Taylor was also named the Field Newcomer of the Year.
Senior Beth Zimmerman was a part of a pair of school and league records. She broke her own school triple jump mark for the third time this season when she cleared 40-11 1/2 in the event Sunday. That also handily eclipsed the league standard. In the event, Taylor was second with a leap of 40-0 3/4 and freshman Erika Suchla scored in sixth place by jumping 37-5 1/4.
UWM swept both relays, including the record-setting 4x100m. Zimmerman, senior Kelsey Conrad, sophomore Katie Duchow and freshman Chia Okonkwo combined on a time of 45.98. That time broke a school record that had stood since 1985. Conrad, junior Angie Kaufmann, sophomore Calanetta Burrows and freshman Flo Mafany combined to win the 4x400m relay, finishing in 3:49.58.
Mafany broke records in winning the 400m hurdles, while Conrad added a pair of individual titles and Kaufmann was victorious in the 400m. In the hurdle event, Mafany finished in 1:00.70 to break former Panther Katie Slamka's league mark and the school record which had been held since 1986. Burrows, the 2009 champion in the event, was second in a personal-best time of 1:01.23, which is third in school history.
Conrad defended league titles in both the 100m and 200m events. She won the 100m in 12.08, while Duchow was third. In the 200m, Conrad ran 24.13 for the win and Duchow was once again third with a time of 24.79, sliding up to fifth in the school history in the process.
Kaufmann rounded out Milwaukee's event winners on Sunday, running a personal-best time of 55.94 to top the field in the 400m. Her time is fifth in school history. Sophomore Erika Hanson took third in the event in a time of 57.49, which is 10th all-time.
Okonkwo earned all-league second-team honors in the 100m hurdles, running a time of 14.40 as runner-up. Mafany was third in 14.57. Both times elevated the rookies in school history as Okonkwo's time is now third and Mafany's sixth.
Senior Jamie Woods scored in a pair of throwing events, taking fourth in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw. She threw 43-5 3/4 in the shot put and 157-9 in the hammer. Milwaukee also received scoring performances over three more events, including sophomore Courtney Fisher and freshman Chantel McConville in the pole vault. Both cleared 11-1 3/4 in the event, with Fisher placing third and McConville fourth based on attempts.
Junior Tanaiya Fisher took fifth in the 1500m and freshman Elise Sigg was fourth in the 5000m to round out the scorers. Fisher crossed the line in 4:36.19 for the fourth-best time in school history. Sigg finished her event in 17:45.64.