Panthers Head Off To Northern Iowa Classic
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Jan. 30, 2008) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team continues the early part of its 2008 indoor schedule Saturday, when it travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Northern Iowa Classic.
The Panthers are coming off just the second meet of their season at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational. The meet was non-scoring, but UWM still got a number of outstanding performances.
Junior Jenni Saarinen won the pentathlon to pace Milwaukee, while three athletes posted second-place showings. Saarinen topped the multi-event competition with 3,632 points, just 68 points off her own school record and 197 points better than second place.
Senior Shannon Buttchen and sophomores Erin Havener and Abbie Zaspel each added second-place finishes for the Panthers at the meet. Buttchen ran a time of 1:38.44 in the 600m, while Havener cleared 11-11 ¾ in the pole vault and Zaspel crossed the line in 18:48.13 in the 5000m.
After the meet, Saarinen was named the Horizon League Athlete of the Week. It marked the second-straight time UWM claimed the league's weekly award. Junior Beth Zimmerman was so honored Jan. 14 after the team's first meet of the season at the Division I Invitational.
Milwaukee returns to the Northern Iowa Classic after not competing at the meet last season. Prior to that, the Panthers had traveled the Cedar Falls each year since 2002. Tenia Fisher won the 800m and Timeka Walker took first in the 60m to lead UWM at the meet in 2006.
The Panthers are in action again at the Akron Open, Feb. 8, in Ohio.