2011 Indoor Top Times and Individual Results: Women | Men
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 10, 2011) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track and field teams return to action this weekend at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. The meet gets underway with multi-events Thursday and continues through Saturday.
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Last Time Out
Milwaukee is coming off a strong showing at the Meyo Invitational last weekend. The men's and women's teams each posted three top-10 finishes at the meet. Garrett Vetesnik tied his second-best height in school history (16-0 3/4) in tying for fifth in the pole vault, while Anthony Leavy posted the seventh-best 200m time (22.27) to take seventh and Durell Busby took seventh in the finals of the 60m hurdles.
On the women's side, Elise Sigg took ninth in the 3000m with the second-fastest time in school history (9:43.97) to take ninth in the 3000m. Both Samia Taylor (seventh) and Reigna Pierce (10th) both finished in the top 10 of the triple jump.
Weekly Awards For Everyone!
Elise Sigg is having a strong sophomore season, running a personal record in each race she has run this season, but one. She opened her season in the 3000m with a time that was within a second of her PR. The next week, she ran the fourth-best time in school history and broke the school record in the event a week later (4:53.49). Jan. 29, she ran in the 800m for the first time and posted a team-best time of 2:18.01. Then, she ran her second 3000m of the season last weekend at the Meyo Invite and broke a school record. The time also reset her PR by almost 25 seconds.
Three Panthers were honored by the Horizon League this week, bringing the teams' total of weekly honors to nine after just four meets. Elise Sigg
earned the women's track award for the second time this season, while Reigna Pierce
(women's field) and Scott Erickson
(men's field) picked up their first awards. Samia Taylor
(women's field - twice), Durell Busby
(men's track - twice), Jake Whitewater
(men's field) and Ben Crogan
(men's field) have also been honored.
Additionally, Busby and Sigg were named the UWM/U.S. Army ROTC Athletes of the Month for January.
School Records A Go-Go
Milwaukee has seen six school records fall through four meets this season. Durell Busby has broken the men's 60m hurdles record twice (8.03) and Chia Okonkwo broke the women's mark, as well (8.76). Ben Crogan broke two records at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, eclipsing his own pole vault record (16-8 3/4) during the heptathlon on his way to a school record in that event, as well (5,246 points). Samia Taylor has also reset her own triple jump standard (40-10 1/4) this season and Elise Sigg set a new mile record.
Among the Nation's Elite
Milwaukee has athletes among the top 50 in the nation over three events, while five Panthers total are among the top 100 over seven events. Ben Crogan heads the list, with his school records putting him tied for 37th in the pole vault and 42nd in the heptathlon. Samia Taylor's school-record triple jump has her tied for 35th nationally.
Also among the top-100 are Reigna Pierce in both the long (95th/19-2) and triple jumps (81st/39-7 1/4),Durell Busby in the 60m hurdles (67th) and Elise Sigg in the mile run (97th).
Next Up for the Panthers
Milwaukee returns to action next weekend, hosting the UWM Panther Tune-Up next Friday. The meet is the team's final preparation for the 2011 Horizon League Championships the following weekend.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
The UWM men have 12 event wins over the first four 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.