Track & Field Looks To Repeat Strong Performances At National Drake Relays
April 24, 2014
MILWAUKEE - With just one week left before the league championships, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee heads to another pair of meets this weekend in search of even more top marks.
A portion of the team will be heading to the 105th running of the historic Drake Relays, where UWM won the shuttle hurdle relay, the first win in a track event by UWM at the national meet in its history. Early events are already underway at Drake, with Milwaukee competing in events over the next three days.
The rest of the team will head just across the state to the UW-Whitewater Drake Alternative, beginning Saturday at 11 a.m.
On the women's side, Milwaukee came in third overall with 76 points, with 12 individuals adding their names to the all-time top-10 performances lists in program history during the season.
Athlete of the Year
Just two weeks into the outdoor season, Milwaukee has showed some of the best performances across the Horizon League this calendar year and the league office took notice.
UWM athletes have earned a whopping 11 league athlete of the week honors so far over the two seasons. Here's the complete list:
Jan. 21 - Aaron Dillon, Simbi Laaro
Coaching By Example
While helping the Panthers in high jump (Huyler) and throws (Novak), the two have also continued to compete, putting up some of the top times in the nation in their respective events.
In fact, both competed at the USA Indoor National Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. Feb. 22-23, just missing marks to advance as Huyler placed sixth overall in high jump while Novak took 10th place in shot put.
Hurdling All Competition
In outdoor, the Panthers have had even more success. Coach Corfeld's squad took the top two spots in both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles at last year's league championships with the entire group still on the roster this season.
In fact, Milwaukee's school record holder in every men's hurdle event, indoor and outdoor, is still competing this season.
On top of that, Durell Busby earned All-American status at the 2012 NCAA Championships by placing 12th in the 110m hurdles two seasons ago. And Milwaukee won its first ever track event at the Drake Relays last year when its shuttle hurdle relay team broke the tape first, ranking it the top relay team in the country.
Triple Jump U
Meanwhile, the women have won five-straight indoor titles and saw their string of five-straight outdoor crowns come to an end just last year. The women also have quite a few All-League Second-Team showings over years.
On the national level, Milwaukee has qualified for the regional meet six times in the last six years, highlighted by former Panther Samia Taylor's run to the NCAA Championships in 2011. Taylor finished 18th in the country that year, earning All-American Honorable Mention status.