Panthers Topping Field At Midpoint Of League Championships
LISLE, Ill. (May 1, 2010) - Senior Jenni Parish won two individual championships and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team demonstrated its depth to jump out to a fast start on the first full day of the 2010 Horizon League Outdoor Championships Saturday.
The Panthers tallied 76 points on day one, holding a 17-point lead over second-place Youngstown State (59 points). Butler is a distant third with 27 points, while fourth through seventh places are separated by three points. Wright State sits fourth with 15 points; UIC is fifth with 14, Detroit sixth with 13 and Loyola seventh with 12. Valparaiso completes the field with one point.
The championship meet wraps up Sunday.
Parish claimed crowns in both the heptathlon and javelin. In the combined event, which kicked the meet of Friday, she surpassed her own school record by six points with a score of 5,027. Senior Kory Olson snagged the all-league second-team award in the event as runner-up with 4,780 points--the third-best score in school history. Freshman Moriah Myles gave Milwaukee a top-three sweep with 4,414 points, the fifth-best score in school history, and sophomore Laura Hamel scored in sixth place with 4,108.
Parish won the javelin with a throw of 125-7, while Olson was third at 123-7, just an inch out of second place.
The Panthers also scored three in the long jump, where senior Beth Zimmerman claimed the event's championship with a jump of 19-3 1/4. Freshman Samia Taylor was third, leaping 18-8, and Olson jumped 17-9 1/2 for fourth.
Freshman Elise Sigg was the team's last remaining all-league performer on the first day. She took second in the 10,000m with a time of 36:41.03. The 10k was scheduled to run Friday after the start of the combined events, but was postponed to Saturday due to lightning.
Milwaukee also scored in the high jump and discus throw. Freshman Chantel McConville took fourth in the high jump with a final height of 5-2 1/4, with Myles and Hamel tying for sixth at 5-0 1/4. Senior Jamie Woods scored a fifth-place finish in the discus, throwing 138-9.
Saturday also featured the preliminaries of many of Sunday's track events, where UWM will be well-represented. Senior Kelsey Conrad and sophomore Katie Duchow each won their heats in both the 100m and 200m events. In the 100m, Conrad ran a personal-best 11.78 for the third-best time in school history. Duchow's time of 12.08 moved her to fifth. Duchow added a PR of 24.86 in the 200m, which also propelled her to fifth in school history.
Freshman Flo Mafany and sophomore Calanetta Burrows won their respective heats in the 400m hurdles to qualify for the finals. Mafany ran her best time in the event, moving up to eighth in school history at 1:03.04). The Panthers also boasted a heat winner in the 800m, where junior Tanaiya Fisher topped her heat and sophomore Shannon Brown also qualified for the finals in hers.