Track and Field Completes Dr. Keeler Invitational
May 15, 2004
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - After another strong showing at the Horizon League Track and Field Championships, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track and field team looked to have an equally satisfying showing by sending a handful of athletes to the Dr. Keeler Invitational. Considered an NCAA Last Chance Regional Qualifying meet, the Panthers saw some steady performances over the course of the meet.
The Panther women's team had a strong meet as Katie Slamka and Tenia Fisher led the way for Milwaukee. Slamka topped her career-best time of 1:01.81 in the 400-meter hurdles, placing second with a time of 1:01.63. Fisher came close to breaking her career-best time of 2:12.04 in the 800-meter run, barely missing the mark as she completed the 800 in a time of 2:12.10, placing second.
Stephanie Ray, Timeka Walker, Iris Perez, Teresa Braunreiter and Christine Wampach capped off the events for Milwaukee by notching consistent results. Ray placed third in the pole vault after clearing a height of 11' 5.75". Walker and Perez added third and fourth-place finishes in the 200-meter dash with Walker doing so in a time of 25.56 and Perez completing the event in 25.63. The pair teamed up in the 100-meter dash as Walker was fourth with a time of 12.32 and Perez was ninth, tallying a time of 12.82. Braunreiter added a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter run, completing the event in 59.93. Wampach rounded out the performances with a 12th-place finish in the 1,500 with her time of 4:44.61.
Adam Hobler, Nick Davis, Gabe Wagoner and Josh Nygren, who were among the few Panthers to compete, put up strong times for Milwaukee men. Hobler, who reset his school record in the 400-meter run at last week's league championships (5/7), registered a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 48.50. Competing in the 200-meter dash, the senior finished in a time of 22.00, good for fifth. Davis, the Horizon League's top high jumper, placed third, clearing a height of 6' 4". Wagoner had his first sub-1:52 performance in the 800-meter run at last week's championship, but added his second of the season by placing fourth in the 800, notching a time of 1:51.56. Nygren added a career-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by registering a time of 9:17.70 to place seventh.
In other performances for the men, junior Micah Hanthorn had his best performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing ninth with a time of 9:21.10. Justin Gorman, Elliot Enright, Jeremy Majors and Adam Swanson placed 11th, 13th, 17th and 24th in the 800-meter run, scoring times of 1:53.69 (Gorman), 1:54.03 (Enright), 1:55.12 (Majors) and 1:55.76 (Swanson). Ben Uphoff added another 24th-place finish, completing the 5,000-meter run in career-best time of 14:56.63.
Next on the slate for Milwaukee Track and Field is the NCAA Regional Meet, which will be held on May 28-29th in Baton Rouge, La.