Panthers Look To Continue Fast Start At Falcon Invite
Sept. 12, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's cross country teams continue their busy start to the 2012 season with a third meet in as many weeks this Saturday, heading just up the road to Mequon, Wis. for the Falcon Invitational hosted by Concordia University.
This weekend's races are set to get underway with the women's run at 11 a.m. followed by the men, who are slated to start at noon.
SCOUTING THE MEET
Two years ago, UWM won the meet on both sides, with Milwaukee taking the top five overall spots on the men's side and three of the top four on the women's side.
Then, last year, Milwaukee again cruised through the course and competition in dominating fashion. The men's team took the top two spots and four of the first six to win the meet. On the women's side, the Panthers posted three in the top 10 to take the top team spot.
LAST TIME OUT
Jake Reilly kicked off his senior year with a dominating performance, taking first overall and leading the men's team at the Midwest Collegiate Open Saturday
Reilly finished the 8,000-meter race first out of more than 120 runners with an impressive time of 25:51.8, a full 30 seconds in front of the next runner. This is the second-straight year Reilly took first on this course, winning the race during his junior year, as well.
Milwaukee finished fourth overall out of 12 teams with 96 points and were the top Division-I team at the meet.
On the women's side, Sammy Woller led the team for the second-straight week and the Panthers finished sixth out of 17 teams Saturday afternoon.
UWM finished with 156 points on the day for sixth overall. Northern Michigan won the meet with 47 points.
"The women ran well today," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "I'm seeing some really good things from a lot of individuals. Everyone is coming together and I'm confident they will continue to improve."
Woller finished first for Milwaukee and 16th overall on the 5000-meter course with a time of 19:34.2, less than 20 seconds from a top-10 finish.
Reilly, running in his first race of the season, led the Panthers by finishing first overall at the Midwest Collegiate Open in Kenosha, Wis. The senior outpaced the field of over 120 runners in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 25:51.8, a full 30 seconds in front of the next runner. This was the second-straight year Reilly won this race, helping UWM to a fourth-place finish out of 12 teams.
GOOD SIGN FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
If last Saturday's results are any indicator, UWM is in fine shape for this year's league meet.
Although the Panthers did not use their complete roster, the men's team took fourth out of 12 teams and the women came in sixth out of 17. Jake Reilly stole the headlines by winning the race a full 30 seconds in front of the next finisher, while Sammy Woller led the women's team for the second straight week, just missing a spot in the top 10.