2011 Indoor Top Times and Individual Results: Women | Men
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 3, 2011) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track and field teams return to action this weekend at the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame Friday and Saturday.
The meet gets underway Friday at 4 p.m. central time and continues through Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. The Meyo Invitational is annually one of the premiere indoor meets in the nation. The Panthers have competed at the event in each of the last two seasons.
Coach Corfeld on this Weekend's Meet
"We are looking forward to starting in with some bigger meets this weekend. We've been successful the last three weeks, so we're looking forward to seeing (our athletes') competitiveness really come out against some of the top people in the country these next couple of weeks, starting at Notre Dame this weekend."
Last Time Out
UWM broke four school records on its way to fourth place on both the women's and men's sides last weekend at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational in Madison. On the men's side, Durell Busby highlighted the action when he broke his own school 60m hurdles record on the way to a third-straight win in the event. Meanwhile, Ben Crogan broke two school marks during the heptathlon competition. For the women, Elise Sigg was victorious in the mile run, breaking a school record in the process.
Another Meet, More Records
Four more school records fell last weekend at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, including a pair by Ben Crogan. He broke his own school record in the pole vault (16-8 3/4) during the heptathlon, propelling him to a school-record score (5,246 points) in that event. Durell Busby also broke the school 60m hurdles record for the second time this season (8.03). On the women's side, Elise Sigg won her third event of the season, setting a school record in the mile (4:53.49). That time topped her personal record, set just a week prior, by exactly five seconds.
Other records that have fallen this season include Chia Okonkwo
in the women's 60m hurdles (8.76) and Samia Taylor
in the triple jump (40-10 1/4). There have also been 10 more top-10 entries, five for both the men and the women, including four freshmen that have already cracked UWM's all-time lists.
Plenty of Awards to Go Around
Ben Crogan was named the Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week this week for his record-setting performance last weekend. He collected the team's sixth weekly league honor, just three meets into the season. Samia Taylor has twice been named the Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 17, 24), while Jake Whitewater picked up the men's award last week. Elise Sigg and Durell Busby were the league's Track Athletes of the Week Jan. 17.
Additionally, Busby and Sigg were named the UWM/U.S. Army ROTC Athletes of the Month for January.
Among the Nation's Elite
Milwaukee has athletes among the top 50 in the nation over three events, while eight Panthers total are among the top 100 over 10 events. Ben Crogan heads the list, with his recent school records putting him tied for 30th in the pole vault and 36th in the heptathlon. Samia Taylor's school-record triple jump has her tied for 30th nationally.
Also among the top-100 are Reigna Pierce in both the long (81st/19-2) and triple jumps (76th/39-5 1/4), Durell Busby in the 60m hurdles (60th), Elise Sigg in the mile run (78th), Garrett Vetesnik in the pole vault (81st/16-0 3/4) and both Drew Feuk (95th/4,734 points) and Dan Simon (97th/4,733 points) in the heptathlon.
Next Up for the Panthers
Milwaukee will continue facing stiff competition, heading to the Iowa State Cyclone Classic, Feb. 10-12, in Ames, Iowa.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
The UWM men have 12 event wins over the first three meets, while the women have won 11 events. Durell Busby is perfect in the 60m hurdles with a win at each of the first three meets this season. Jake Whitewater has three wins over the long and triple jump events, Elise Sigg has three wins in four races so far this season and Samia Taylor won the triple jump in each of her first two meets.
Twelve other Panthers have won an event already this season.