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Blugold Men & Women Fourth at NCAA Indoor Championships

Blugold Men & Women Fourth at NCAA Indoor Championships

BIRMINGHAM ( – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men's track and field team finished in fourth place while the women tied for fourth at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships

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David Kornack (Sr. – Edgar, WI) was the top Blugold finisher on the day as he was the national runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 17.63m.

After a third place finish in the 5,000-meter on Friday, Darin Lau (Eau Claire, WI/Immanuel) took fifth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:20.07 to earn another spot on the podium while Dylan Cooper (So. - Holmen, WI) took seventh place in the heptathlon to secure All-American honors with 4,984 points.

In the final men's event of the day, the 4x400 relay team of Jordan Lijewski (Fr. – Roseville, MN), KJ Munn (So. – Bayport, MN/St. Croix Prep), Dietrich Schwoerer (So. – McFarland, WI) and Hunter Henk (So. – Beldenville, WI/River Falls) finished with a time of 3:15.42, putting them in fourth place.

The Blugolds got a strong performance from throwers JoHannah Theisen (Sr. – Eau Claire, WI/Regis) and Erica Oawster (Jr. – Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial) who finished in third (14.47m) and fourth (14.30m) in the shot put, respectively, to earn All-American status.

In addition, Mel Becker (Sr. – Osseo, WI/homeschool) placed 10th in the mile with a time of 4:59.78.

The women's 4x400 relay team of Ashleigh Buergi (Sr. – Green Bay, WI/Bay Port), Lizzy Keena (Fr. – Wisconsin Rapids, WI/Lincoln), Glory Hecker (So. – Stone Lake, WI/Hayward Center) and Glidden ended the meet on a high note for the Blugolds, placing third with a time of 3:50.70.

The Blugolds will take a short break before starting the outdoor season at the Emory Classic in Atlanta, GA March 23-24.