Panthers Finish Just Short Of First League Outdoor Title Since 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2006) - Three Panthers won individual titles to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team on the second day of the Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Friday in Indianapolis.
Milwaukee finished with 205 points, just 11 back of league champion Youngstown State (216). Butler was third with 71, while Loyola tallied 67 and Detroit 55. UIC scored 30 points for sixth and Wright State rounded out the field with four.
Freshman Jenni Saarinen scored in three events on day two and, after winning the long jump and taking second in the javelin on Thursday, was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year for field events, the same award she netted at the indoor meet in February.
Senior Katie Slamka had a productive day, winning a third-straight 400m hurdles title and scoring in two other events. She won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.00, while junior Taryn Cozine was third in 1:03.43 and junior Amy Sunby fourth in 1:04.72. Slamka also finished second in the 100m hurdles (14.74) and fourth in the high jump (4-11 3/4).
Milwaukee had athletes take four of the six scoring positions in the 100m hurdles, as Cozine took fourth in 15.12, ahead of Saarinen in 15.26 and Ziebell in 15.32. In the high jump, Saarinen joined Slamka on the awards podium, taking third with a final height of 5-3 3/4.
Another repeat winner, junior Timeka Walker took first in the 200m, winning the event in 24.54. She also took second in the 100m, crossing the line in 11.96, just 0.02 seconds out of first. Senior Tenia Fisher was the team's last winner, running the 400m in 55.35 for first. Sophomore Shannon Buttchen completed the event in 1:00.05 for fifth and freshman LeaDrean Jordan was right behind her in sixth (1:00.21).
The Panthers also took four-of-six scoring places in the triple jump, led by freshman Beth Zimmerman in second with a leap of 38-0 1/4. Freshman Kicha Cary jumped 37-6 1/2, the fifth-best jump in school history, for fourth and Saarinen was fifth with a jump of 36-10 3/4, ninth-best in school history. Senior Stephanie Ray also took sixth (35-3 1/3).
Senior Griffin McNulty joined Zimmerman on the all-league second team with a second-place showing in the 800m. She crossed the line in 2:16.68 as runner-up. Milwaukee also had a pair of scorers in both the 5000m and heptathlon. Sophomore Angie Huebner took fifth (18:04.51) in the 5000m, while freshman Holly Nearman was sixth (18:11.54). Senior Jodi Hrdina scored 3,893 points for third in the heptathlon and freshman Alicia Schneider was fourth with 3,445.
UWM also scored in both relays, taking second in the 4x400m and third in the 4x100m (48.28). The 4x400m of Fisher, Buttchen, Sunby and Cozine garnered second team honors with a time of 3:55.75.