McNulty Named Horizon League Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 3, 2004
Griffin McNulty has been named the Horizon League Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 2, 2004.
Sophomore athletes typically enter their second year with a feeling that the nervousness that comes with a freshman campaign should be gone and they can breathe easier. Such has been the case for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field athlete Griffin McNulty. McNulty struggled throughout her first year, but has rebounded nicely in her second season with the Panthers by finishing no lower than third in her events. Her fresh, solid start to the 2004 indoor season and recent success at the Carthage College Invitational has led her to be named the league's athlete of the week.
"Griffin struggled throughout much of last year, but seems to have shaken it off," Panther head coach Pete Corfeld said.
McNulty is definitely having a better second season. The second-year Panther has come into the season in better shape and has shown it during the early portion of this year's indoor season. The sophomore out of Johnsburg, Ill. raced to a victory and a new meet record in the 800-meter run (2:18.59) on Saturday afternoon at Carthage College. McNulty's time in the 800-meter run is currently the best time in the Horizon League. Besides her individual win, McNulty was also a member of the Panthers' 4x400-meter relay team, which secured a first-place finish (4:06.94) during the competition.
"Griffin is in much better shape this season," Corfeld said. "She seems to be pushing the other athletes now and is showing that she isn't afraid to be a leader. Her efforts on Saturday really show that she's willing to get after it when she needs to."
This is the first time the sophomore has garnered the league's weekly honor in her collegiate career.