Panthers Set For Title Defenses This Weekend
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Feb. 25, 2010) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track and field teams head to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend for the 2010 Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet begins Saturday and wraps up Sunday.
The Panthers won both the men's and women's team titles last season. The men have won the last six indoor titles, 11 overall and have been runner-up twice. On the women's side, UWM has won six indoor championships overall and taken second six other times over the last 13 seasons.
Milwaukee hosted the UWM Panther Tune-Up last weekend in final preparation for this weekend's league meet. Both Panther squads finished 4-0 to improve to 44-1 all-time at the meet. Senior Kelsey Conrad posted two of UWM's nine wins on the women's side to lead the way. Freshman Dan Simon highlighted the men's performance, setting or tying three personal records and taking first, second and third in those events.
The Panthers enter the league championships leading the league in 13 events. Simon is tops in three of the seven events for the men, including the pole vault (tied with sophomore Ben Crogan, 15-7), long jump (tied with sophomore Jake Whitewater, 22-5) and the heptathlon (4,926 points).
Among the women's six league leaders, senior Jenni Parish is No. 1 in the long jump (19-0 1/2) and the pentathlon (3,527 points).
UWM will return to action March 5 at a last chance qualifier yet to be determined. The Panthers will look to qualify athletes for the NCAA Championships, March 12-13, in Fayetteville, Ark.
- Mongoven is one of four Panthers that will be defending individual league titles this weekend. He has won the last three high jump crowns. Senior Tyler Bucholz won the 200m last season and Whitewater won the long jump on the men's side. Conrad is defending her 60m and 200m titles.
- Conrad was named League Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 22. It was the sixth weekly honor for Milwaukee this season. Taylor was named Women's Field Athlete of the Week three times and Mongoven was Men's Field Athlete of the Week twice.
- Other Panther women leading the league in an event are: Conrad in the 60m (7.72), sophomore Shelby Schaal in the high jump (5-4 1/4), Taylor in the triple jump and Woods in the shot put (44-0).
- Milwaukee's other men's league leaders are: Bucholz in the 200m (22.11), sophomore Drew Feuk in the 60m hurdles (8.42), Mongoven in the high jump and Whitewater in the triple jump (46-4).