Milwaukee Rolls To First Outdoor League Title Since 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2007) - Senior Timeka Walker won two events as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team won six events and took second in five more in capturing the 2007 Horizon League Outdoor Championship Friday in Indianapolis.
The Panthers won their first outdoor title since 2003 in convincing fashion, scoring 250.33 points to beat second-place Youngstown State (129 points) by 121.33 points. Butler was third with 70 points, while Loyola scored 66 for fourth and Detroit 64.33 for fifth. UIC with 41 points and Wright State with 19.33 rounded out the field.
Milwaukee also claimed all five league awards, as Walker was named Outstanding Track Performer. Sophomore Jenni Saarinen, who won three league titles and scored in two other events, was the Outstanding Field Performer. Freshmen Kelsey Conrad (Track) and Reigna Pierce (Field) were named Newcomers of the Year. Meanwhile, head coach Pete Corfeld earned his 29th and 30th career Coach of the Year awards for both the men and women.
Walker won the 100m and 200m events, crossing the line in the 100m in 11.81. She then ran a time of 24.31 in winning the 200m, while Conrad was fourth in the event in 24.99. Conrad won an event of her own, topping the field in 56.05, the fourth-best time in school history.
Junior Amber Curtis and senior Taryn Cozine rounded out day two individual champions, winning the discus. She threw 162-8 to reset the league record. Curtis also earned all-league second-team honors with her runner-up finish in the shot put where she threw 42-8 ¾. Freshman Jamie Woods placed fourth in the shot put with her toss of 40-8 ¾.
Cozine led a bevy of Panther scorers in the hurdles, winning the 400m hurdles. She finished in 1:03.72, while senior Amy Sunby was second in 1:03.98 and senior Andrea Ziebell fourth in 1:06.50. Freshman Emily Budde led four Milwaukee scorers in the 100m hurdle event, taking third in 15.26. Ziebell was fourth in 15.34, Cozine fifth in 15.45 and Saarinen sixth in 15.52.
UWM claimed the league 4x100m championship, combining on a time of 46.75. That time is the third-best time in school history. In the 4x400m relay, the Panthers placed third in 3:56.13.
Four more Panthers notched all-league second-team honors as runners up in the 800m, 5000m, high jump and triple jump. Freshman Laura Ring finished second in the 800m with the fourth-best time in school history of 2:13.75. Junior Shannon Buttchen was fourth in 2:15.57.
Nearman ran a time of 17:40.58 in taking second in the 5000m, with senior Kourtney Nault placing fourth in 18:26.66. Saarinen also took second in the high jump with a final height of 5-3 ¾. Rounding out the group was sophomore Beth Zimmerman in the triple jump, who was runner-up with a leap of 38-11 ¾. Pierce took third, jumping 37-8 ¾.
Junior Erin Magargee also scored on day two, taking sixth in the 1500m. She finished the event in 4:52.14.