Panthers Head To Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships
Feb. 27, 2004
On Tap:Horizon League Indoor Championships
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track and field program will head to Greencastle, Indiana to compete in the Horizon League Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event is being hosted by Butler University, but will be held on the campus of DePauw University.
Huebner set a championship mark of 13'6" has already surpassed it with his 2004 best mark of 14'11.75". Huebner currently holds the top spot on the 2004 Horizon League top performances list.
Panthers Claim Home Wins
In the early portions of the meet, the Panther women received strong finishes by a number of performers. In running events Timeka Walker led the way by racing herself to a season and team-best first-place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.12). Jill Naus (8.75) and Taryn Cozine (8.88) added a second and third-place finish for UWM in the 55-meter high hurdles.
As the day continued on, Iris Perez, Tenia Fisher and Griffin McNulty ensured a strong, consistent team performance. Perez ran to her fastest time (25.22) in the 200-meter dash to place first and within .04 breaking the team record (25.18) held by former Panther Nicole Frey. Fisher raced her way to a first-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:16.63) while Griffin McNulty ran to her fastest time (59.53) and a second-place finish in the 400-meter run. Katie Anderson added a third-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:19.87). For the field performers, Kalin Konop displayed her versatility by claiming first in the triple jump (36'5") and third in the long jump (16'11.5"). Stephanie Ray also added a second-place finish in the triple jump (35'6.5") while Heather Kohlmeier finished second in the pole vault (8'6").
For the Panther men, the field events came out to be the strength on the day. Chris Cox exited the day with a first-place tally in the triple jump (47'5.75") and a second-place finish in the long jump (21'4"). Nick Davis added a second-place finish in the triple jump (45'7.25") and Sean Cludy placed third in the long jump (20'9.75"). Nick Gretz rounded out the Panther field events by placing second in the weight throw (49'3.75") and third in the shot put (48'6"). Jon Wells also added a third-place finish in the high jump (6'0").
In the running events, Eric Wheeler (7.83) paced the way as he and Wells (8.58) finished first and third in the 55-meter high hurdles. Not to be outdone, Eric Gresham (50.08) and Elliot Enright (50.41) finished first and second in the 400-meter run. The Panthers added another tag-team type of performance in the 800-meter run. Jeremy Majors (1:54.13), Gabe Wagoner (1:55.56) and Nick Bruskewitz (1:55.72) claimed first, second and third-place in the event. Billy McCarthy added a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (23.40) and Ryne Luezinger finished third in the 3,000-meter run (9:15.99).
"Today was a really good meet for us," Panther head coach Pete Corfeld said. "After having been on the road for the last couple of weekends, it's nice to be back on your home track and get some solid results."
Panther Top Performers
Majors raced his way to a lifetime personal record in the 800-meter run Saturday afternoon at the UWM Tune Up meet. Majors time of 1:54.13 was good for a first-place finish and was his best time ever in the event, including outdoor times. The freshman from Jonesborrow, Ga. hasn't ran the event since his outdoor season during his junior year of high school. Majors has also never ran the race indoors. With a time of 1:54.13, Majors is .99 off the qualifying mark for the USATF Junior Track and Field Meet.
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.
Going Over The Competition
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.
Jumping To The New Lengths
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 1st in the 55-meter dash (7.12). Jodi Hrdina ranks second in both the 55-meter hurdles (8.78) and the 60-meter hurdles (9.39).
Rebuilding The Engine Like New
Defending The Title
Adding More Hardware