Field, Multi Events Spark Day Two Lead For Milwaukee
May 5, 2012
Wauwatosa, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track & field team dominated the scoring events in day two of action and sit in first place with one day remaining at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Raabe Stadium Saturday.
After two days of events, Milwaukee sits in first place with 56.5 points. Youngstown State currently sits in second with 48 and UIC is in third at 35. Loyola is fourth with 32 points while Butler (16), Valparaiso (13.5) Wright State and Detroit (both have eight) round out the scoring.
"We had a great second day and obviously we're happy to be in the lead," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We know it's going to be a dog fight going into the final day though, and we still have a lot of work to do. It's great to be able to be at home and we're excited about tomorrow."
In the day's opening events, Milwaukee dominated the heptathlon to take the top two spots. Shelby Schaal won the event with an impressive 4,574 points - nearly 900 in front of the top finisher from another school. One day after breaking the school record in high jump, senior Laura Hamel came in second for UWM with 4,111 points.
In long jump, juniors Samia Taylor and Erika Suchla both had season-best jumps to score for the Panthers. Taylor took the silver medal with a leap of 19-3 1/4 (5.87m) while Suchla came in fifth at 17-9 3/4 (5.43m).
Sophomore Nancy Harmon took third in hammer throw with a toss of 172-4 (52.54m) and junior Moriah Myles was right behind in fifth at 159-10 (48.73m). Junior Brittany Alsum also posted a season-best mark in the event with a toss of 118-9 (36.19m).
In the day's final event, freshman Sammy Woller became just the fourth-ever female for Milwaukee to compete in the 3000m steeplechase, just missing a spot on the podium with an eighth-place finish in 11:42.33.
In preliminary action, UWM continued its season-long dominance in hurdle events. Senior Calanetta Burrows came in second, freshman Chelsea Maxey was fourth and freshman Erin McCauley was seventh in the 400m hurdles as all three earned spots in Sunday's final. In the 100m hurdles, Schaal and Maxey both posted season-best times to join junior Chiamaka Okonkwo to qualify for the final.
Freshman Lauren Grant (57.30) finished second and senior Erika Hanson (57.39) took third in the 400m qualifier. Grant also earned a spot in Sunday's final in the 200m after finishing with a season-best time of 25.91 on Saturday. Okonkwo also qualified in the 100m in 12.48 seconds.
Senior Kristi Schuette just missed one of the top spots in the 800m, crossing the line in 2:16.72 for 10th place overall.
The third and final day of action is set for Sunday with field events set to start at 11 a.m. and running events slatted for noon.