March 1, 2005
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A few members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team will continue their indoor season this weekend (March 4-5) at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The event is a last chance qualifier for athletes hoping to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Horzion League Champions Tenia Fisher (800m) and Stephanie Ray (Pole Vault) will make the trip as will sophomore Timeka Walker.
Horizon League Championship Recap
Juniors Tenia Fisher, Griffin McNulty and Stephanie Ray each won individual championships to lead the Panthers at the 2005 Horizon League Indoor Championships this weekend in Greencastle, Ind. For the second straight year, the Panthers placed second at the indoor meet, scoring 103 points. Youngstown State captured the title with 165.
Fisher repeated as indoor 800m champion, while Ray's pole vault crown was her second straight after winning the outdoor title last May. McNulty put together a nice meet, winning the 1000m championship while qualifying first in the 800m.
A Look At The Alex Wilson Invitational
Fisher, Ray and Walker will make the trip to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Fisher will look to post an NCAA Qualifying time in the 800m, after falling just shy earlier in the year in the 400m. The Milwaukee native was the lone UWM woman at the meet last year, setting a school record in the 800m, as she took 15th in 2:12.04, a mark she has since broken. Ray hopes to move on in the pole vault after setting the school record twice this season in becoming the first Panther woman ever to clear 12 feet. The school-record holder in the 60m, Timeka Walker will compete in both the 60m and 200m this weekend. She just missed the school mark in the 200m her last time out, running 25.19, and will look to overtake the current standard of 25.19.
Slow And Steady
Lost in the individual championships of teammates was a solid meet by freshman Angie Huebner at last weekend's league championships. The rookie was Milwaukee's top finisher in both the 3000m and 5000m events, breaking onto the school's all-time top 10's in each event as well. She placed fifth in the 3000m in 10:21.99, the ninth-fastest time in school history. In the 5000m, she did even better, taking fourth with the sixth-fastest time of 17:50.93.
Junior Katie Slamka scored in a team-high three events for the Panthers, taking third in the high jump and 60m hurdles, while also taking fourth in the long jump ... Fisher has competed in a total of eight individual events this season, winning four and breaking a school record three times ... The trio of UWM women will be joined at the event by eight members of the men's squad.
UWM hopes to qualify athletes for the NCAA Championships, March 4-5, in Fayetteville, Ark., while the Wilson Invite could very well be the final meet of the indoor season for Milwaukee. The outdoor season is not far off, as the Panthers' season begins, March 25-26, at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.