Havener, Schaal Win League Titles On Day Two
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2011) - Erin Havener and Shelby Schaal both won individual league titles to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team on day two of the Horizon League Championships Saturday.
Buoyed by the pair of champions, Milwaukee jumped out to a five point lead with 77 points. Youngstown State is second with 72 points, while Wright State is third with 27. UIC has 24 points, host Butler 21 and Loyola 20. Valparaiso rounds out the standings with six.
"Our kids have come to compete again this year," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "We are not out of the woods yet. We have a big final day coming up. The teams competed outstandingly well today and I think they are going to come out with the same intensity tomorrow and take it to the end."
Havener won the seventh league pole vault title of her career, remaining perfect outdoors and breaking or tying a league record for the sixth time. She cleared 12-7 1/2 Saturday to tie her own mark and win the title. Two other Panthers scored in the event, with Courtney Fisher and Sarah Finer each clearing 11-1 3/4. Fisher was third and Finer fourth based on attempts at the height.
Schaal won the heptathlon, scoring 4,910 points to top the field by 521 points. Laura Hamel took third in the event with 4,235 points. Schaal also scored in the javelin, taking third with a throw of 124-8. That distance is fourth in school history.
Milwaukee also had an all-league honoree in the long jump, as Reigna Pierce was second with a leap of 19-2 3/4. Samia Taylor was third with a jump of 18-9 1/4. Rounding out the team's scorers on day two was Nancy Harmon in the hammer throw. She tossed 152-10 for fifth place.
The team is set up for a strong final day with two athletes qualified for the finals of four different events. Schaal qualified alongside Chiamaka Okonkwo. Angie Kaufmann qualified for two finals and will run in both the 200m and 400m finals. She'll be joined by Erika Hanson in the 400m and Simbi Laaro in the 200m. Laaro also qualified for the 100m finals.
The Horizon League Championships wrap up Sunday. Milwaukee has the inside track to its eighth-straight outdoor title and its 16th-straight league title overall.