Panthers Host Marquette in Friday Dual Meet
Jan. 18, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track and field teams will host Marquette Friday in the annual indoor dual meet between the two Division I teams in the city.
The meet gets underway with field events at 6 p.m. at the Klotsche Center with track events to follow.
A Lot In Common
Assisting Rogers is former UWM standout Nick Davis (2001-04). Davis won 10 league titles in a Panther uniform and held the school and league record in the javelin until last season. He works an associate lecturer at Milwaukee in the kinesiology department.
Switching sides, former Golden Eagle Jamie Roth now helps coach the Panthers after just wrapping up her collegiate career in 2011. While at Marquette, Roth competed in throwing events and her name now stands in the top-five in both weight throw and hammer throw.
To add further intrigue, current Panther Lauren Grant's sister Stephanie runs track for Marquette.
Last Time Out
Milwaukee won twelve events over the men's and women's teams despite not competing in any distance events to get the 2012 season off to a fantastic start at the Carthage Invitational in Kenosha, Wis. Durell Busby won the 55m hurdles in school-record fashion, Washington Farrington took first in the 55m dash and freshman Aaron Dillon won the triple jump in his first-ever collegiate meet to represent the UWM men.
On the women's side, Chiamaka Okonkwo also broke the school record in the 55m hurdles, while Simbi Laaro (55m), Lauren Grant (400m), and the 4x400m relay team also took first on the day in track. In field events, Laura Hamel (high jump), Courtney Fisher (pole vault), Samia Taylor (triple jump), Moriah Myles (shot put) and Nancy Harmon (weight throw) also claimed the top spots in their respective events.
Very Early Success
In what has seemingly become routine, junior Samia Taylor also broke the school record in triple jump, besting her own previous mark of 40-10 1/4 with a jump of 41-7 1/4 this past weekend.
Athletes of the Week
Also honored by the league, Moriah Myles was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Week. The junior had an impressive showing in throw events on the weekend, taking first in shot put with a mark of 42-8 3/4, while also coming in second in weight throw (50-4 3/4). Both distances now stand in the top-10 all-time in UWM history.
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