Fisher, Busby Break School Records Friday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 13, 2011) - Tanaiya Fisher and Durell Busby each broke school records to lead five personal-bests by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track and field teams Friday at a pair of regional qualifier meets.
Fisher led a contingent at the Cardinal Twilight hosted by Louisville by breaking a 24-year old 1500m record. On the other hand, Busby broke his own school record in the 110m hurdles for the fourth time this season on the first day of the Clemson Tiger Qualifier in South Carolina.
Fisher ran 4:27.50 in the 1500m to take sixth in the event and eclipse Amy Simonson's school mark of 4:29.01. Simonson had established the record in 1987, before any member of the team was born.
Busby's record came in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles, as he qualified for Saturday's finals with a seventh-place finish. His time of 13.91 lowered the school record from 14.20. The record entering 2011 had been 14.40.
Milwaukee had a trio of other PRs at Louisville, with two coming in the throws. Matt Jensen took seventh in the hammer throw, tossing 184-4 for a personal best by almost three feet. He remains second in school history in the event. Scott Erickson threw 53-3 in the shot put, adding 10 1/2 inches to his best and taking 10th. He was also seventh in the discus with his throw of 167-5.
Dexter Schleis took fifth in the 400m hurdles, running 53.27 and shaving another 0.21 seconds off his best time, which is third in school history.
The Panthers had top-10 finishes over three other events at Clemson, led by Ben Crogan and Garrett Vetesnik in the pole vault. Both cleared 16-0 3/4, with Crogan taking fourth and Vetesnik based on jumps. In the women's pole vault, Erin Havener cleared 12-9 1/2 for fourth place. Courtney Fisher also competed in the event, taking 13th with a height of 10-10.
Reigna Pierce was ninth in the long jump, leaping 19-0 1/2. She will also compete alongside Samia Taylor and Erika Suchla in the triple jump Saturday.
Rounding out Friday's competitors was Brittany Alsum in the discus at Louisville and Chiamaka Okonkwo in the 100m hurdles at Clemson. Alsum threw 141-6 for 11th place. Meanwhile, Okonkwo ran 14.24 for 18th.
The weekend continues at Clemson Saturday, with the aforementioned triple jumpers, Busby in the 110m hurdles finals, Calanetta Burrows in the 400m hurdles and Angie Kaufmann in both the 200m and 400m.