Milwaukee Hits The Road For Iowa State Cyclone Classic
Iowa State Cyclone Classic
Feb. 9-10, 2007 Ames, Iowa 4 p.m./9 a.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 7, 2007) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team hits the road for the final time in the regular indoor season this weekend, heading to the Iowa State Cyclone Classic, Friday and Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
While the meet gets underway Friday at 4 p.m., the Panthers will have a representative in action Thursday. Sophomore Jenni Saarinen will compete in the pentathlon, which will be run a day early.
Most of the team is coming off a two-week lay-off, while a handful of Panthers were in action over the weekend at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind., and the Tadd Metzger Invitational in Kenosha, Wis. UWM last competed as a full squad Jan. 27 at the Madison Elite Invitational.
Freshman Erin Havener highlighted the weekend's competitors, clearing 12-4 ¼ in tying fourth for the event. She is now second in school history in the event and leads the Horizon League by 14 inches over the first non-UWM athlete.
Following the team's last competition at the Madison Elite Invite, senior Timeka Walker was named the league athlete of the week Jan. 31. She is the second woman, and the third of four Panthers, to earn the honor this season. Sophomore Beth Zimmerman earned the award Jan. 25 after breaking the school triple jump record for the first time at the UW-Whitewater Invitational.
Zimmerman has been automatic this season, winning all five of the jumping events she has competed in this season. Included in that is three wins in the triple jump and two victories in the long jump, while she has now broken the school triple jump record twice this season. She first eclipsed the mark with her jump of 38-2 ¾ at the UW-Whitewater Invitational. Then at the Madison Elite Invite, after sophomore teammate Kicha Cary broke her record earlier in the competition, Zimmerman established the school record once again, this time at 39-0 ½.
Cary has been right there with Zimmerman at each turn this weekend, taking second to her classmate three times in the triple jump and once in the long jump. She briefly held UWM's triple jump standard with her leap of 38-8 ½ in Madison.
The Panthers have found a lot of success outside the triple jump event this season as well, combining to post 19 first-place finishes this season as a team. Walker has added to the totals with three event wins of her own. In fact, she topped both the prelims and finals of the 55m at the Division I Invite and swept the 60m prelims and finals and the 200m at the Madison Elite Invite.
Milwaukee returns to action next Feb. 16, hosting the UWM Double Dual at the Klotsche Center. This is the Panthers' only home meet of the season and is their last tune-up before the Horizon League Championships, Feb. 24-25.