Panthers Off To Indiana For PolyTan Invitational
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 20, 2011) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track and field teams head to Indiana this weekend for the PolyTan Invitational.
Hosted by Indiana in Bloomington, the meet kicks off Thursday with the start of multi-events and continues through Saturday.
Head Coach Pete Corfeld On This Weekend's Meet
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Ben Crogan reset his own school record in the pole vault at the Rankin, raising the standard 10 inches when he cleared 16-10 3/4. Garrett Vetesnik also surpassed the former mark, clearing 16-2 3/4 for second in school history. On the track, Busby lowered his hurdles mark for the third-straight weekend, running 14.20 at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif. He has lowered the record from the old mark of 14.40 entering the season.
On the women's side, Calanetta Burrows won the 400m hurdles at the Rankin and Chiamaka Okonkwo ran top-10 finishes at a pair of meets out West. Burrows paced her event with a time of 1:01.35, which is just off her personal best. Okonkwo took third in the 100m hurdles at the Bryan Clay Invitational and was ninth at the Beach Invite.
Up And Over
Crogan and Vetesnik made short work of the school pole vault record. Vetesnik entered the competition at 14-9 and cleared his first two heights on his first try and his third height on his second. He then broke the school record with a personal-best height of 16-2 3/4 on his first attempt. Meanwhile, Crogan passed until 15-3 and cleared the bar on five-straight vaults on his way to a new record.
Not to be outdone, Erin Havener broke her own school record in the pole vault a week prior, clearing 13-1 1/2. She is the first woman in school history to clear the 13-foot mark, indoors or outdoors, and raised her record by six inches.
Running To Regionals
On the men's side, Crogan and Busby's performances last weekend have them in the top 30 in the region. Crogan is 24th in the pole vault (40th) and Busby is 29th in the 110m hurdles (56th). If the regular season ended today, Scott Erickson would qualify in the discus throw, sitting 48th (86th).
As a team, Milwaukee's women are ranked No. 15 in this week's USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Poll.
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