Panthers To Host Tune Up Meet
Feb. 18, 2004
UWM Panther Tune Up
The Panthers will play host to the UWM Panther Tune Up meet on Saturday, February 21 at the Klotsche Center Track. Competition will fire up at 11 a.m.
Panthers Take To Iowa State Cyclone Classic (men's recap)
In limited action during Friday's session, the Panther men fielded competitors in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Josh Nygren paced the way for the men by finishing 20th (14:44.08) in the field of 68 athletes. Nygren's time pushes him into the men's top time lead in the 5,000-meter run. Nate Weiland followed up Nygren, finishing 32nd (14:55.52) while Bryan Hassemer (15:05.95) and Ben Uphoff (15:14.11) finished 39th and 46th.
The Panther men closed out Saturday with a few more encouraging performances. Nick Davis led the way for the Panther men with the team's highest finish on the day. Davis finished 17th in the high jump (6'5.50) for UWM. Freshman Justin Gorman also added an impressive showing in the 800-meter run (1:52.39). Jeremy Majors (49.75) and Gabe Wagoner (50.12) competed in the 400-meter run and achieved season-best times, finishing 59th and 67th in the field of 97.
Panther Compete in Pepsi Challenge (men's recap)
Nick Gretz, William McCarthy, Jon Wells and Nick Wichert led the Panther men throughout the competition. Gretz achieved the highest finish for UWM with a second-place finish in the shot put (51'1.50). Gretz also placed sixth in the weight throw (47'11). The UWM men got their next highest finish courtesy of McCarthy and a fifth-place showing in the 55-meter dash (6.83). Wells and Wichert completed the day for the Panther men with Wells finishing seventh in the high jump (5'8.75) and Wichert finishing eighth in the weight throw (46'9.50).
"We had some good performances today despite the low finishes," Panther head coach Pete Corfeld said. "Nick Gretz became our team leader in the shot put and in the weight throw and is showing he is really starting to grow."
Women Find Strong Times at ISU Classic (women's recap)
Anna Christian became the new top time leader for the Panther women in the 5,000-meter run. Christian (17:47.07) raced to an overall finish of 20th out of a field of 47 athletes. Iris Perez and Timeka Walker placed highest for the Panther women in the 200-meter dash. In a field of 80 competitors, Perez placed 23rd (25.31) and Walker finished 36th (25.66). Perez's time of 25.31 lowered her team-leading time in the 200-meter dash from 25.51 to stay atop the Panthers' top times list.
As the final day of competition winded down, The Panther women had added a couple of more good runs to close out the competition. Christine Wampach and her 17th-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (10:13.99) led the way for the Panther women. Tenia Fisher added a season-best time in the 400-meter run (57.48) and Katie Anderson paced the way in the mile, finishing 30th (5:10.01).
More Success Added At Carthage (women's recap)
Leading the way for the Panther women was Amber Perri, Stephanie Ray, Jill Naus and Kalin Konop. Perri, competing in the 400-meter run, placed third (1:01.20) in the event and also notched one of the highest finishes for the Panthers. Ray was the other Panther woman to capture a team-best finish of third-place, achieving her finish in the triple jump (35'04.50). Ray also finished ninth in the pole vault (9'6.25). Naus achieved the next best finish for UWM by finishing fifth in the women's 55-meter high hurdles (8.62). Konop added two sixth-place finishes with her performances in the long jump (16'6.50) and triple jump (34'10.25).
Other top-10 finishers for the women came from Marcia Roundtree, Alison Schnelle and Kris Gasser. Roundtree finished seventh in the 200-meter dash (26.98) while Schnelle placed eighth in the high jump (4'9.75) and ninth in the triple jump (34'0.75). Gasser completed the day with a ninth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:27.99).
Nygren led a complete 5,000-meter race for UWM Saturday at the Iowa State Cyclone Classic. The Sophomore chopped 23 seconds off of his personal-best time (15:07) to run to a team-best time of 14:44.08 in the distance event. Nygren also played "Leader of the Pack" in the race with having three Panther teammates finish behind him also setting personal-best times in the event for what could be one of the best distance races for UWM.
Fisher ran to her fastest time in the 400-meter run on Saturday at the Iowa State Classic (57.48). The Milwaukee native's time puts her atop the UWM top times list and also catapults Fisher to the top of the Horizon League top times list. However, besides running the 400-meter run, Fisher joined in with three other Panther teammates to also run to, what should be, a league best time in the mile relay (3:56.58).
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.
Making An Impact
Gorman, a Spring Green-native, raced to his first-ever collegiate win in the 800-meter run (1:54.72) during the Carthage College Invitational (1/31). Claiming a not only a victory, but Gorman's time of 1:54.72 was the fastest time ever recorded in the meet.
When you didn't think it could get any better, it suddenly did. The freshman ran to a UWM freshman record in the 800-meter run (1:52.39) at the ISU Classic (2/13-14). Gorman's time was not only a record, but also fast enough to qualify for the United State Track and Field Junior National Championship (qualifying mark was 1:53.14). The meet will take place June 24 and continue through July 4 in Buffalo, New York.
Distance Runners Move To A New Level
The 5,000-meter run played host to several new personal-best times for Panther runners. Bryan Hassemer led the field with the highest improvement by chopping off 36 seconds enroute to his best time (15:05.95). Josh Nygren ran to the next highest improvement by knocking off 23 seconds to achieve his best time (14:44.08).
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 hurdles (8.78) and the 60-meter hurdles (9.39).
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