April 12, 2005
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team heads to Terre Haute, Ind., for its fourth-straight weekend of action, April 15-16, at the Pacesetter Invitational. Not every Panther will be in Indiana, though, as juniors Tenia Fisher and Katie Slamka will join a handful of UWM men at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
Last Time Out
Milwaukee compiled five top-three finishes, including all three relays, to take sixth at the Big Blue Invitational last weekend in Charleston, Ill. The Panthers scored 87.50 points, while Indiana State (146 points), Marquette (138.50) and host Eastern Illinois (134) occupied the top three places. Junior Stephanie Ray was the top-finishing individual, taking second in the pole vault, while freshman Joy VanLaanen took fourth, despite clearing the same height.
Clearing The Bar
The Panthers have a formidable one-two punch in the pole vault in the form of junior Stephanie Ray and freshman Joy VanLaanen. Each vaulter cleared 11-5 3/4 in the event to place second and fourth, respectively, at the Big Blue Invite. During the indoor season, both Panthers tied Ray's school record in the event at the UWM Panther Tune Up, before Ray reset the standard at 12-1 3/4. As it stands, the duo are one and two in school history indoors and two and three outdoors.
Heading To Rocky Top
Juniors Tenia Fisher and Katie Slamka will not be heading to the Pacesetter Invite, but to Knoxville, Tenn., instead, to compete at the Sea Ray Relays this weekend. The Sea Ray Relays are expected to draw some of the top teams in the nation. Tennessee, the host school, captured the NCAA Indoor Championships this season. Fisher will compete in the 800m, while Slamka will run the 400m hurdles. Both events are scheduled for Friday.
Freshman Angie Huebner has built a reputation as a fast starter throughout her rookie campaign. She opened her outdoor season with a third-place finish in the 5000m and took third in the 10,000m last weekend at the Big Blue Invitational. During the indoor season, she posted a pair of top-five finishes in the 3000m and 5000m to open her season and, last fall, she opened her cross country season by winning the UIC Invitational. She was subsequently named League Cross Country Runner of the Week.
Milwaukee heads to Champaign, Ill., for the Central Collegiate Championships (April 23), hosted by the University of Illinois.