Three Lakes graduate Kortnie Volk recently wrapped up her first indoor track & field season with the University of Wisconsin-Milwau­kee Panthers. Shown here taking part in the shot put, Volk competed in a number of events including the Pentathlon at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. —Photo Courtesy of UW-Milwaukee
Three Lakes graduate Kortnie Volk recently wrapped up her first indoor track & field season with the University of Wisconsin-Milwau­kee Panthers. Shown here taking part in the shot put, Volk competed in a number of events including the Pentathlon at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. —Photo Courtesy of UW-Milwaukee
Three Lakes graduate and current UW-Milwaukee freshman Kortnie Volk has completed her first athletic season as a member of the Panthers’ indoor track & field team.

The season culminated at the 2021 Horizon League Championship held in Fort Wayne, Ind., where the UW-Milwaukee women’s team placed second out of 11 teams with a total of 132.83 points, behind only Youngs­town State (218).

The team also competed in meets at Northern Iowa, UW-Parkside and at twice at their home facility in Milwaukee.

Volk had by far one of her most complete meets of the season competing at the Horizon League Championships.

In the women’s indoor pentathlon, Volk started with the 60-meter hurdles and was second in the fourth of six section races. Overall that placed her 16th with a time of 10.16.

Volk then excelled in the 800-meters event, placing sixth in the second of two heats in the pentathlon seeding, running a time of 2:40.20 which was good for eighth best in a field of 24.

In the high jump she cleared 1.36 meters which was 19th best, and then had a shot put distance of 8.89 meters, good for 18th best in the field.

Her long jump is where she made up some ground over the rest of the competition as Volk ripped off a jump of 5.12 meters (16.8 feet) which was third best. 

Overall in the pentathlon event, Volk finished in 11th place out of 24 competitors with a total of 2,772 points. Winning the event was junior Olivia Jones of Youngs­town State who finished with a total of 3,439 points.

Volk was one of five UW-Milwaukee competitors in the pentathlon and finished third amongst her teammates.

Volk also entered the long jump individually, pushing the tape to 5.13 meters (16.83 feet) which was 17th best of 29 in the field.

In the triple jump, Volk had a best distance of 10.04 meters (32.94 feet) which was 15th best in the field of 18.

Earlier in the season at the Panther Invite in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Volk was seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.68. She was also third in the triple jump with a distance of 35-83⁄4.

She also took part in the first of two home meets of the season for the Panthers, finishing in the runner-up spot in the long jump with a best effort of 17-5 1⁄2.

According to UW-Milwaukee coach Andrew Basler, Volk has been a pleasure to work with in her first season.

“She is extremely coachable and determined to improve every day she steps on the track,” he said. “And more importantly, Kortnie has excelled in the classroom as a freshman which alleviates a lot of potential stress as a student-athlete.”

Basler said he feels Volk had a very solid fall training, and did well picking up on all the events of the heptathlon and pentathlon.

“Unfortunately, we ran into an injury setback during the middle of indoor which greatly affected her ability to perform at the level she holds herself to when competing at the Horizon League Indoor Championships,” he said. “We have both decided it would be best to redshirt this outdoor season to allow Kortnie to get back to 100% and be ready to attack the summer training.”