Outdoor Track & Field Teams Win Five Titles at WIAC Championship
OSHKOSH, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – After two days of competition at the 2014 WIAC Championships, the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's outdoor track & field teams combined to win five conference titles at Titan Stadium.
The Blugold women, who finished in third place as a team, won two titles while the men, who came in fourth place, won three titles.
Friday, Katryna Williams (So.-Watertown, Wis.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:12.73. It was the second year in a row and fourth time in history a Blugold won the event.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Kayla Kelsey (Jr.-Sparta, Wis.), Megan Mulligan (Jr.-Lake Geneva, Wis./Badger), Lindsey Laufenberg (Jr.-Waunakee, Wis.) and Carly Fehler (Jr.-Oak Creek, Wis.) took first with a time of 47.67 seconds. It was the first time in history the Blugolds won the 4x100-meter relay.
For the men, Thurgood Dennis (Jr.-Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame) captured the 100-meter dash title with a time of 10.27 seconds, a school, facility and conference meet record. It was the third straight year Dennis won the event.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team of Brandon Zarnoth (Jr.-Appleton, Wis./North), Cory White (Jr.-Tomah, Wis.), Matt Hartje (Jr.-Reedsburg, Wis.) and Dennis also won a title with a time of 41.50 seconds. It was the first time since 1990 Eau Claire won the event.
In the field, Roger Steen (Jr.-Luck, Wis.) took the top spot in the shot put with a toss of 17.62 meters (57-9.75). It was the seventh time in history and the first time since 2008 a Blugold won the event.
As a team, the Blugold women scored 104.5 points while UW-La Crosse won the conference title, its third straight, with 232. The Blugold men finished with 102 points while UW-La Crosse won its 24th consecutive with 215.
Over the next few weeks, the Blugolds will have several last chance meets in preparation for the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship, which will be contested May 22-24 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.