Panthers Send Three To NCAA Mideast Regional
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 24, 2006) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's track and field teams will send three athletes to the NCAA Mideast Regional this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.
Senior Tenia Fisher will represent the women in the 800m, while junior Jeremy Majors will compete in the 800m and senior Josh Nygren the 3000m steeplechase for the men. All three athletes set school records in their events this season during the outdoor season, while Majors and Nygren added league titles.
The men's and women's 800m will get started Friday with the women's preliminaries being run at 6:10 p.m. and the men's prelims following at 6:25. On Saturday, the finals will be run at 6:05 p.m. (women) and 6:15 (men). The men's steeplechase follow at 8:10 p.m.
The top five finishers in each event from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, June 7-10, in Sacramento, Calif. There will also be a set number of at-large berths handed out in each event.
Fisher set a school record in the 800m and eclipsed the regional qualifying mark at the Stanford Invitational, April 1, with a time of 2:08.97. She also went on to win the Horizon League 400m Championship. Her time is currently 20th in the region.
Majors, the league champion in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay, also posted a regional-qualifying mark during the season. The Georgia native ran a school-record time of 1:48.97 at the Billy Hayes Invitational, topping all collegiate runners in the event. He also enters the regional with the eighth-best time in the Mideast Region and 29th in the nation.
Nygren also ran a school-record time of 9:07.44 at the Stanford Invite, missing the regional time by 0.44 seconds. He added a league title in the event and enters the weekend 33rd in the region.