Milwaukee Heads To Ohio For Horizon League Championships
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 25, 2005) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's and women cross country teams travel to Cedarville, Ohio, Saturday for the 2005 Horizon League Championship, hosted by Wright State. The Panther men and women will look to build on third-place finishes last season when the men's race gets underway at 11 a.m., central time. The women's race will immediately follows the men's at 11:40.
Last time out: Milwaukee was last in action Oct. 15 at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational. The men posted one of their best races under head coach Pete Corfeld with an average time of 25:37 on the way to 27th place. Senior Josh Nygren led the way in 71st place with a time of 24:56. On the women's side, sophomore Angie Huebner was the top UWM runner for the third time this season, taking 117th with a time of 22:16 on the 6000m course. The Panthers placed 34th.
Last Year's League Meet: In 2004, UWM played host to the Horizon League Championships and did not disappoint, taking third place on both the men's and women's sides. Three runners earned all-league honors. Anna Christian earned a second-straight all-league first team nod for the women, while Josh Nygren was honored on the men's first team and Nate Weiland on the second team. Joe Wawrzyniak was also named the Horizon League Men's Newcomer of the Year as the top-finishing freshman.
Rankings: After a solid performance at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational, Milwaukee's men's squad held their position in the USCCCA regional rankings at No. 13, ahead of traditionally strong schools Central Michigan and Kent State. Competing in the Great Lakes region, one of the more competitive regions in the nation, UWM has maintained its position throughout the season. Butler is the only league school ranked ahead of the Panthers, while Loyola in the Midwest Region, is the only other league school ranked.
Up Next: The Panthers head to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 15, in Iowa City, Iowa.