Panthers Get Ready For Split Competition
Feb. 11, 2004
Iowa State Classic
The second meet the Panthers will send athletes to is the Pepsi Challenge. Once again, UWM will head to the campus of Carthage College to compete in the event, set to be held on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
Learning Experiences (men's recap)
Throughout the day the Panther men showed that they have a mid-distance and distance group that is going to give it their all throughout every meet. In the 600-meter run, Gabe Wagoner finished third (1:21.75), Jeremy Majors placed fourth (1:21.92) and Elliot Enright finished sixth (1:22.25). Nick Bruskewitz paced the way for the Panthers in the 800-meter run with a second-place finish (1:57.45). Freshman sensation Justin Gorman (2:29.81), Adam Swanson (2:31.69) and Andy Kivioja (2:33.07) ran tough in the 1,000-meter run by placing second, fourth and seventh. Rounding out the top distance performances, Nate Weiland (8:48.70), Ben Uphoff (8:50.28) and Bryan Hassemer (8:53.95) made sure the 3,000-meter run was covered by placing second, third and fourth.
Other notable performances on the day came from Nick Gretz, Nick Wichert, Nick Davis and Kyle Huebner. Gretz and Wichert placed fifth and sixth for UWM in the weight throw. Gretz would later add a fifth-place finish in the shot put. Nick Davis placed fifth in the high jump and Kyle Huebner finished right behind Davis in sixth-place. Huebner closed out his day by placing sixth in the pole vault.
Keeping The Pace (women's recap)
The Panther women were highlighted with performances by Kalin Konop, Alison Schnelle, Iris Perez and Katie Seep. Konop placed third for the Panthers in the triple jump (35-4.00), Schnelle recorded a third-place finish in the high jump (4-11.75) and Perez scored the highest placing in the running events with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.61). Katie Seep paced the way for UWM in the 800-meter run with a fourth-place finish (2:20.27).
Even though the Panther women did not have a bevy of top finishes, there were many solid efforts to note. Schnelle added a fifth-place finish in the triple jump behind Konop and Stephanie Ray added a sixth-place finish. Ray also finished sixth in the pole vault. On the running side of things, Timeka Walker (7.82) placed sixth in the 60-meter dash while Sara Vanderloop (8.00) and Perez (8.00) tied for eighth. Walker and VanderLoop also placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Teresa Braunreiter and Amber Perri added a fifth and sixth-place finish in the 400-meter run during the competition. In the distance events, Griffin McNulty and Katie Anderson placed fifth and sixth in the 1,000-meter run while Christine Wampach and Kourtney Nault finished fourth and sixth in the 3,000-meter run.
Bruskewitz put a solid showing together in a meet that featured teams like Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Marquette. The Junior from Madison, claimed second (1:57.45) in the 800-meter run Saturday afternoon just barely missing out on beating the first-place time (1:57.21) by Northern Iowa's Tibor Vegh. The time set by Bruskewitz places him second on UWM's top times list and was his best time of the season.
Perez scored the highest finish for the Panther women during the Northern Iowa Classic by claiming second-place in the 200-meter dash (25.61). Perez also ran a season-best time in the 60-meter dash (8.00). The sophomore pushed herself into first-place on UWM's top times list with her 200-meter dash-time and is currently tied for second in the 60-meter dash.
The Totals So Far
Since the Panther have opened their season, the program has already had four athletes of the week (two men and two women). The Panthers have had Eric Gresham, Katie Slamka, and most recently, Justin Gorman and Griffin McNulty receive the league's weekly award.
So far, the Panthers sit atop the Horizon League top times list in the 600-meter run (Gabe Wagoner - 1:21.75), the 1000-meter run (Justin Gorman - 2:29.81) and the 1500-meter run (Andy Kivioja - 4:07.30).
Besides having top times, the Panther men also hold second-place in the 600-meter run (Jeremy Majors - 1:21.92), the 800-meter run (Justin Gorman - 1:54.72), the 1000-meter run (Adam Swanson - 2:31.69) ad the 1500-meter run (Josh Nygren - 4:07.30).
In The Thick of Things
Currently, Katie Slamka has the time to beat in the 55-meter hurdles (8.57) and is sitting in 2nd in the 400-meter run (59.40). Sophomore Timeka Walker ranks 2nd and 3rd in the 55-meter dash (7.22) and 60-meter dash (7.82). Jodi Hrdina ranks second in both the 55-meter hurldes (8.78) and the 60-meter hurdles (9.39).
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