Women’s Track & Field Breaks Three Records at UWM

Women’s Track & Field Breaks Three Records at UWM

MILWAUKEE – In the final meet before the NACC Championships, the MSOE women's track & field team broke three school records at the UWM Panther Tune-Up Saturday at the Klotsche Center.

The Raiders competed against several Division I teams at the meet, drawing some top performances to peak right before the indoor championships.

Senior Jessica Bilskie and junior Jerica Kotarak each broke school records they had set themselves while junior Patty Bray eclipsed the 800m standard which had stood since 2013.

Bilskie took fourth place in three different event, including the 400m where she ran 1:02.09. That time beat the record of 1:02.86 that she had set last season. She cleared 9-0 1/4 in the pole vault and posted a time of 9.58 in the 60m hurdles.

Kotarak had a strong day, breaking a record with a time of 8.14 for third in the 60m and also finishing in the top three of both the long and triple jump events behind only athletes from DI Milwaukee. Her 60m time lowered the mark of 8.15 that she set as a freshman in 2016. She was second in the long jump with a leap of 17-11 3/4, just 1 3/4 inches off the UWM pace, and third in the triple jump at 37-4.

Senior Desy Echevarria also fared well in the long jump, taking seventh with a distance of 16-1 3/4.

Bray rounded out the record-breakers with her showing in the 800m, in which she finished in 2:26.77. The time was ninth in the event but lowered the program standard from 2:28.26, which was set by Anete Zagara in 2013.

A pair of high jumpers cleared 4-8 1/4 in the high jump and junior Brianne Harris was eighth in both throwing events at the meet. Junior Maia Heineck took seventh and senior Rachel Lynde tied for eighth in the high based on jumps. Meanwhile, Harris threw 33-4 3/4 in the shot put and 42-9 1/2 in the weight throw on the day.

The meet featured a select dual meet scoring with wins for the Raiders against Wisconsin Lutheran 71-59 and Division II Parkside 78-22

The 2018 NACC Indoor Championships are Sunday, Feb. 25, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.