Panther Track Opens Outdoor Season This Weekend
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 21, 2007) - After a four-week respite, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team returns to action this weekend, kicking off its outdoor season at the Southern Illinois Invitational March 23-24 in Carbondale, Ill.
The Panthers were last in action Feb. 24-25, when they repeated as Horizon League Indoor Champions. UWM owned a 10-point lead after day one and expanded it to 18 to take first over Youngstown State 170-152. Milwaukee and Youngstown distanced themselves from the field as Butler took third with 83 points, ahead of Loyola with 69.
Their title was a second-straight league indoor title and the team's ninth overall.
Senior Timeka Walker won the 60m and 200m to lead Milwaukee to the title. Sophomore Jenni Saarinen in the pentathlon and freshman Erin Havener in the pole vault added individual titles, each doing so with league records. The 4x400m relay also repeated to round out the individual event wins.
UWM is opening the outdoor slate in Carbondale, Ill., for the third-straight season. Last season the Panthers posted seven top-10 finishes and placed 10th as a team after a seventh-place showing in 2005.
Milwaukee returns to action March 31 at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational in nearby Wauwatosa, Wis. Despite not hosting any outdoor meets, the meet is one of three the Panthers will compete at in the state of Wisconsin. Included in that is the Marquette Invitational across town April 13-14. UWM will also travel to Madison for the Wisconsin Twilight May 5.