Panthers Set To Host League Championships
Oct. 24, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women's cross country teams are peaking at the right time as they prepare to host the Horizon League Championships this Saturday, Oct. 27 at UW-Parkside in Kenosha. The action gets underway with the women's 5K at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at noon.
SCOUTING THE MEET
While UWM does not technically have a home course, Milwaukee is hosting the league meet at UW-Parkside, just down the road in Kenosha.
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LAST TIME OUT
Jake Reilly continued his assault on the competition, taking 17th out of 173 runners with a new PR time. As a team, Milwaukee finished 11th overall.
On the women's side, sophomore Annette Lemanski led the way with a personal-best time of 23:05. In fact, every UWM female runner posted a new personal record.
Reilly won the award after taking 17th and placing as the Horizon League's top runner at the Bradley Classic. He posted a new personal-record time of 24:57 at the large meet.
Reilly also won the award on Oct. 1 after taking an outstanding fourth overall and third among collegiate student-athletes out of more than 350 competitors at the Louisville Classic, and again on Sept. 10 after winning the Midwest Collegiate Open going away with a time of 25:51.8, a full 30 seconds in front of the next runner.
PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
The Panthers started the 2012 season strong but have been finishing even strong. At their last meet, UWM had an incredible 16 personal-record times at the Bradley Classic.
Every women's runner posted a new PR at the large meet, while seven men's runners also posted a new personal best.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Senior Jake Reilly won the Midwest Collegiate Open hosted by Parkside Sept. 8 to lead Milwaukee to a fourth-place finish on the men's side.
The women also ran well, taking sixth overall. Sammy Woller was UWM's top finisher, placing 16th.
CROWNING A NEW CHAMPION
With Butler no longer a part of the Horizon League, every other league member is chomping at the bit at take the throne and Milwaukee has more than a fighting chance.
The Panthers have finished worse than third just once in the past ten years on the women's side. Meanwhile, the men have three top-three showings in the past nine years and placed lower than fourth just once since 1998.