Panthers Head Off To Meyo Invitational This Weekend
Emily Budde

Emily Budde

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 5, 2009) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team will be in action again this weekend, traveling to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The meet kicks off Friday and continues Saturday.

Milwaukee opened its season with back-to-back meets in Madison at the non-scoring Badger Track Classic and Wisconsin Elite Invitational meets. The Panthers will be leaving the state for the first time.

The Panthers posted a strong overall showing last weekend at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, the team's first full meet this season. Junior Kelsey Conrad had a standout meet, winning the 400m relay in 57.00 and running with the first-place 4x400m relay. The quartet also consisted of sophomore Angie Kaufmann and freshmen Shelby Schaal and Erika Hanson. Their time of 3:52.04 was the second-fastest in school history, just off the school standard of 3:50.42.

Conrad was rewarded for her effort by being named the Horizon League Track Athlete of the Week. It was the second-straight meet after which a Panther has earned a weekly award from the league office. Junior Jamie Woods was the league's field athlete of the week for Jan. 19 following the Badger Track Classic.

Junior Emily Budde represented UWM in the pentathlon over the weekend, taking seventh with a score of 3,196. Her score is third-best in school history, while her 60m hurdle time in the event was a career-best 9.15 and vaulted her to fifth in school history in the event.

Holly Nearman also got her senior campaign off to a good start with a third-place finish in the 3000m. Her time of 10:12.87 was just off her personal best, which is seventh in school history. Junior Abbie Zaspel was right behind in fourth with a time of 10:17.82, which is just outside the school's all-time top-10.



The Panthers have competed at two meets this season against a strong in-state field and have posted a good handful of event winners. Conrad led the way last weekend with a win in the 400m and with the 4x400m relay. At the season-opening Badger Track Classic, Hanson picked up a win in the 800m and Woods was victorious in the shot put.

The indoor season continues to fly by at break-neck speed for Milwaukee, which will have just two more meets before the Horizon League Championships Feb. 28-March 1 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Panthers will head to the Iowa State Classic Feb. 12-14, before returning home to host their only home meet of the season, the UWM Panther Tune-Up, Feb. 20.

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