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May 5, 2004

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Men's Athlete of the Week
Tom Grant, Detroit, Sophomore, Farmington Hills, Mich.
Placed second in the long jump with a leap of 22'11" (6.98 m). Also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.88. In the prelims he ran a time of 14.78, his first sub-15 second time, just .04 seconds off of the school record. Grant places first in both of these events on the Horizon League top performances list.

Women's Athlete of the Week
Iris Perez, UW-Milwaukee, Sophomore, Verona, Wis.
Iris Perez continued her prowess as being the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's women's track and field top 200-meter sprinter. Perez brought home her first victory of the outdoor season in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.89. The sophomore not only set a personal-best time, but also placed herself third on UWM's all-time top-10 individual outdoor performance list. Besides being a strong competitor in the 200, Perez was also the lead leg of the Panthers' victories 400-meter relay team.

Men's Other Top Performers
Gary Blackman, Butler, Senior, West Midlands, England
Blackman ran the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the Horizon League this spring, the second-fastest steeplechase time of his career and the third-fastest steeplechase time in Butler track and field history at the Cardinal Invitational hosted by Stanford University. Blackman finished the race in 8:48.03, which was two seconds shy of his personal best of 8:46.05, recorded last year. He was six seconds shy of the Butler record of 8:42.5, set by Mark Tucker in 2002.

Nick Gazis, UIC, Junior, Skokie, Ill.
University of Illinois at Chicago junior throwing specialist Nick Gazis continues to shine for the Flames, as the Skokie, Ill., product took home the discus title with a toss of 164'5" at the Butler Twilight Meet on Saturday afternoon.

Eric Wheeler, UW-Milwaukee, Freshman, Monroe, Wis.
Eric Wheeler took advantage of the competition during the WIU Tune Up Meet on May 1. The freshman hurdler used the tune up meet to capture his first two outdoor wins of his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Wheeler ran to victories in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles by posting times of 15.17 and 56.61, both good to claim the top spots on UWM's top times list. Wheeler entered Saturday's competition after having placed 22nd in the 110-meter hurdles and 25th in the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays.

Kurt Michaelis, Youngstown State, Senior, Toledo, Ohio
Youngstown State senior Kurt Michaelis broke his own school record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3 minutes, 47.03 seconds at the Cardinal Invitational. His time topped his previous best by .14 seconds and was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regionals in the event.

Women's Other Top Performers
Nicole Gillikin, Detroit, Freshman, Lowell, Mich.Placed second at the Central Collegiate Conference meet inthe pole vault with a leap of 10'2" (3.09 m) setting theUDM Freshman Record in the process.

Jessica Fouche, UIC, Sophomore, Chicago, Ill.
University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche captured a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.33) to lead the Flames at the Butler Twilight Meet on Saturday afternoon. Fouche also anchored the Flames' third-place 4x100 relay team, crossing the finish line with a school-record time of 47.8. Joining Fouche on the relay was Elaine Hayes, Tamkika Johnson and Rowsha LaBranche.

Schedule of Championship Events
Thursday, May 6
Field Events
5:30 p.m. Men's Hammer-Women's Hammer to follow
5:30 p.m. Men's Long Jump-Women's Long Jump to follow
5:30 p.m. Men's Pole Vault-Women's Pole Vault to follow
7:00 p.m. Men's Javelin-Women's Javelin to follow

Running Events
6:00 p.m. Men's 3000 SC Finals
6:15 p.m. Women's 3000 SC Finals
6:40 p.m. Men's 110-Meter Hurdles Prelims
TBD Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Prelims
TBD Men's 400-Meter Prelims
TBD Women's 400-Meter Prelims
TBD Men's 100-Meter Prelims
TBD Women's 100-Meter Prelims
TBD Men's 800-Meter Prelims
TBD Women's 800-Meter Prelims
TBD Men's 400-Meter Prelims
TBD Women's 400-Meter Prelims
TBD Men's 200-Meter Prelims
TBD Women's 200-Meter Prelims
TBD Men's 10000-Meter Finals
TBD Women's 10000-Meter Finals

Friday, May 7
Field Events
11:00 a.m. Men's Triple Jump With Triple Jump to follow
11:30 a.m. Men's Shot Put With Shot Put to follow
11:30 a.m. Men's High Jump With High Jump to follow
1:30 p.m. Men's Discus (upper field) With Discus to follow

Running Events
12:00 p.m.Men's 4x100 Finals
12:10 p.m.Women's 4x100 Finals
12:20 p.m.Men's 1500m Timed Finals
12:30 p.m.Women's 1500-Meter Timed Finals
12:40 p.m.Men's 110-Meter Hurdle Finals
12:50 p.m.Women's 100-Meter Hurdle Finals
1:00 p.m.Men's 400-Meter Finals
1:05 p.m.Women's 400-Meter Finals
1:15 p.m.Men's 100-Meter Finals
1:20 p.m.Women's 100-Meter Finals
1:25 p.m.Men's 800-Meter Finals
1:30 p.m.Women's 800-Meter Finals
1:45 p.m.Men's 400-Meter Hurdle Finals
1:55 p.m.Women's 400-Meter Hurdle Finals
2:10 p.m.Men's 200-Meter Finals
2:15 p.m.Women's 200-Meter Finals
2:20 p.m.Men's 5000-Meter Finals
2:40 p.m.Women's 5000-Meter Finals
3:00 p.m.Men's 4x400 Finals
3:10 p.m.Women's 4x400 Finals

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