Saarinen Wins League Heptathlon Title
MADISON, Wis./INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (May 5, 2007) - Sophomore Jenni Saarinen won a league championship in the heptathlon at the Butler Twilight and senior Timeka Walker won the 100m at the Wisconsin Twilight to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field in action Saturday.
The Horizon League held its multi-events Saturday in Inianapolis, Ind., at the Butler Twilight, five days before the start of the league championships this Thursday, also in Indy. Saarinen got an early jump on the field, winning the heptathlon, while freshman Emily Budde placed third. Scores were not available as of Saturday night.
Saarinen won her third career league multi-event title, having won the past two indoor pentathlon crowns. She did not compete in the heptathlon last season.
In Madison, Wis., Walker was the team's big winner, taking top honors in the 100m with a time of 11.88. Freshman Kelsey Conrad was third in 12.28. Conrad also took second in the 200m with a time of 24.82, the fourth-best time in school history.
Milwaukee had eight other athletes post top-10 finishes, including three fifth-place showings. Sophomore Erin Magargee finished fifth in the 1500m with time of 4:55.82, while senior Amy Sunby was fifth in the 400m hurdles in 1:06.43.
In the pole vault, freshman Erin Havener and sophomore Jes Weyandt each cleared 10-7 3/4, with Havener taking seventh and Weyandt ninth based on attempts at the height. Lastly, sophomore Kory Olson threw 111-3 for ninth in the javelin and freshman Erin Willis ran 2:27.77 for ninth in the 800m
The Panthers return to action Thursday at the Horizon League Championships. The two-day even wraps up Friday. UWM has won the last two indoor league championships, but is in search of its first outdoor crown since 2003.