Panthers Set For 2010 Outdoor League Championships
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 29, 2010) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track and field teams head to Lisle, Ill., this weekend for the 2010 Horizon League Championships with historic aspirations.
Only two schools in league history have had men's and women's teams from the same school win both indoor and outdoor league titles in the same year--Milwaukee did it in 2001 and 2007. After claiming indoor crowns, the Panther men and women are looking to add a third entry to the list.
The meet gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday.
Milwaukee competed at a trio of meets last weekend, most notably the prestigious Drake Relays. At Drake, the Panthers saw three school relay records fall, including both the men's and women's distance medley.
On the men's side, senior Tyler Bucholz teamed with three freshmen--Jake Reilly, Ryan Weir and John Simons--to lower the standard (10:03.87) by over six seconds to 9:57.79. The women's foursome, comprised of junior Tanaiya Fisher, sophomores Erika Hanson and Kristi Schuette and freshman Elise Sigg ran a time of 11:57.34, almost 10 full seconds better than the mark of 12:07.18.
The women also saw the 100m shuttle relay record by at the hands of senior Kory Olson, sophomore Calanetta Burrows and freshmen Flo Mafany and Chia Okonkwo, who combined on a time of 59.32 to lower the mark by 0.11 seconds.
What To Watch For This Weekend
Senior Quinn Mongoven is vying to be the first male in league history to win four league titles in the same event both indoors and outdoors. He claimed a fourth high jump crown indoors and has won the high jump outdoors in each of his first three years.
Mongoven is one of five returning champions for Milwaukee in individual events. He won last season's high jump, while Bucholz has won the last two 200m titles. On the women's side, senior Kelsey Conrad has won back-to-back 200m championships and also won the 100m last season. Lastly, Burrows is the reigning 400m hurdles champion.
Notable event streaks are on the line for UWM as Panthers have claimed the last five men's 200m and women's 200m titles. Milwaukee has also had the last eight women's pole vault winners and five of the last six champs in the 400m hurdles.
Panthers enter the league meet leading the league in six men's events and 10 women's events.
Milwaukee has five top-80 rankings in the nation and five top-eight rankings in the Great Lakes Region: