Blugolds Find Podium Four Times at Outdoor Nationals
LA CROSSE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) - Every Blugold in competition today earned All-American honors for the UW-Eau Claire women's track and field team at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National meet at Veterans Memorial Sports Complex on the campus of UW-La Crosse.
Six Blugolds competing in four events Saturday helped the team place 24th overall with 11 points. Wartburg won with 43 points.
The 4x400-meter relay of Steph Rouse (So.-Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins), Jessica Rupnow (Fr.-Sussex, Wis./Hamilton), Brooke Patterson (So.-Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) and Erin Schoenfelder (Sr.-Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) broke the one-year-old school record in a time of 3:46.76 seconds to take sixth place. They bested last year's school record time by .21 seconds.
Mauer took fifth in a time of 10:34.82 and Sybilrud took eighth in a time of 10:42.06. Both athletes are multiple time All-Americans in both cross country and track.
Mauer also competed in the 5,000-meter run but failed to gain All-American status as she finished 17th.
Schoenfelder, coming off a school record in the 400-meter hurdles two nights earlier, came back and took sixth in the same event Saturday. She crossed the finish line in 1:01.61 to cap off her college career that has seen her win a slew of All-American trophies.
The Blugolds are now done with the 2013 season and will begin competition again at the Blugold Alumni meet next January.