Milwaukee Has Seven Athletes Shooting For Regional Marks
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 13, 2009) - Six members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's track and field team will head to the Georgia Tech Invite this weekend, while another will head to the Cardinal Twilight in hopes of posting regional-qualifying marks.
Seniors Holly Nearman and Danielle Magargee, juniors Kesley Conrad and Abbie Zaspel, sophomore Tanaiya Fisher and freshman Erika Hanson will head to the GT meet. Meanwhile, junior Reigna Pierce will be the lone Panther woman heading to the Cardinal Twilight.
The Panthers will look to reach qualifying standards for the NCAA Regionals, May 29-30, in Louisville, Ky. League champions are also eligible for the regional meet. The Cardinal Twilight is scheduled for Friday, while the Georgia Tech Invite will run Friday through Saturday.
Nearman has already qualified for the regional meet with her school-record time of 16:32.49 in the 5000m. She used that time to win a league championship in the event. Also a league champion in the 10,000m, she will compete in the 1500m at Georgia Tech. The qualifying standard in that event is 4:27.80. She took third in the event at the league championships and her personal-best time in the event, 4:36.07, is third in school history.
Magargee and Fisher will also run in the 1500m. Magargee's PR in the event is 4:43.86, while Fisher's is 4:45.70. Magargee took sixth in the event at the league meet, to go with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000m and seventh-place finish in the 5000m. Fisher was seventh in the 1500m and also took fourth in the 600m.
Conrad was the league's Outstanding Track Performer at the league meet with league titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. She also ran with the second-place 4x400m relay. She will compete in the 200m this weekend, an event she broke the league record in during both the preliminaries and finals. Her record time of 24.05 is second in school history and just off the regional-qualifying mark of 23.96.
Zaspel will look to lower her best 5000m time to 16:52.00. It's currently 17:42.33, which is 10th in school history. She took third in the event at the league championships, while also taking second to Nearman in the 10,000m.
Hanson will run in the 800m, where she took third at the league championships. Her season-best time was 2:16.45. She will look to lower that time closer to the 2:09.80 she needs to qualify for the post-season. At the league meet, she also ran with the league-champion 4x100m relay and runner-up 4x400m relay.
Pierce will join a handful of athletes from the men's team at Louisville. She was the league's runner-up in both the long jump and triple jump. The triple jump is what she will compete in this weekend, where she is just off the school record with her personal-best jump of 39-3 3/4. The regional standard in the event is 40-5.