UW-Eau Claire Wins Second Straight Women’s Cross Country Title

COLFAX, Wis. (WIAC) COLFAX, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won its second straight title at the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship (presented by Culver’s) at Whitetail Golf Course on Oct. 27.

The Blugolds won the 10th league championship in program archives with 39 points to surpass UW-La Crosse’s second-place total of 63 points. UW-Oshkosh placed third with 110 points, UW-Stout fourth with 117, UW-River Falls fifth with 121, UW-Stevens Point sixth with 129, UW-Platteville seventh with 139 and UW-Whitewater eighth with 201.

UW-La Crosse’s Hannah Beilke secured the individual title after completing the 6,000-meter course in 21:40.2. She is the seventh individual in program history to finish first at the conference championship, joining Gail Rusch (1979), Tori Neubauer (1982 and 1983), Sheri Winter (1986), Jenny Fiedler (1999), Julia Rudd (2002 and 2005); and Laura Mead (2013 and 2014). A total of 89 runners completed this year’s race.

UW-Eau Claire’s Sam Slattery finished second with a time of 21:49.6, UW-La Crosse’s Sadie Kroll third in 22:03.3, UW-Eau Claire’s Morgan Marek fourth in 22:11.1, UW-Stout’s Jessica Petruzates fifth in 22:14.8, UW-Oshkosh’s Evlyn Noone sixth in 22:23.7 and UW-River Falls’ Linsey Tolkkinen seventh in 22:22.7

UW-Eau Claire’s Lexie Tremble took eighth in 22:41.8, UW-Oshkosh’s Hannah Lohrenz ninth in 22:47.2, UW-Platteville’s Johanna Meister 10th in 22:48.1, UW-Stevens Point’s Georgia Harrison 11th in 22:52.3, UW-Eau Claire’s Naomi Long 12th in 22:54.5, UW-Eau Claire’s Emma Drangstveit 13th in 22:57.2 and UW-La Crosse’s Ellie Miller 14th in 22:59.3.

UW-Platteville’s Katie Wardinski placed 15th in 23:00.4, UW-Stevens Point’s Katie Schaefer 16th in 23:05.1, UW-Eau Claire’s Emily Jaeger 17th in 23:07.1, UW-Stout’s Molly Perkins 18th in 23:07.6, UW-River Falls’ Nikki Jurik 19th in 23:09.4; and UW-Eau Claire’s Alanna Huggett 2oth in 23:14.0.

The top seven runners received All-WIAC first team recognition, while runners placing eight through 14 earned All-WIAC second team accolades. Individuals finishing 15 through 20 claimed honorable mention laurels.

UW-La Crosse’s Sadie Kroll and UW-Platteville’s Johanna Meister were named co-recipients of the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award.

An All-Sportsmanship Team was chosen for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. It included one member from each school. Named to the squad were: UW-Eau Claire’s Alanna Huggett; UW-La Crosse’s Andrea Brekken; UW-Oshkosh’s Melissa Srnka; UW-Platteville’s Johanna Meister; UW-River Falls’ Katelyn Ableidinger; UW-Stevens Point’s Julia Erickson; UW-Stout’s Alex Ploeger; and UW-Whitewater’s Elizabeth Considine.

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UW-La Crosse Secures Second Consecutive Men’s Cross Country Championship; Schultz Wins Individual Crown

COLFAX, Wis.--University of Wisconsin-La Crosse secured its second consecutive crown at the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s Cross Country Championship (presented by Culver’s) at Whitetail Golf Course on Oct. 27.

The Eagles collected the 34th first-place finish in program history with 38 points to exceed UW-Eau Claire’s second-place sum of 69 points. UW-Stout finished third with 86 points, UW-Stevens Point fourth with 119, UW-Oshkosh fifth with 127, UW-Platteville sixth with 134, UW-Whitewater seventh with 138 and UW-River Falls eighth with 255.

UW-La Crosse’s Thomas Schultz claimed the individual title after completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:44.7. He is the first Eagle to win the individual crown since Zach Wilhelmy in 2009. UW-La Crosse has had 14 student-athletes combine to win 23 conference championships. A total of 91 runners completed this year’s race.

UW-Platteville’s Zachary Lee took second with a time of 24:51.6, UW-La Crosse’s Josh Schraeder third in 25:00.5, UW-Eau Claire’s Patrick Treacy fourth in 25:01.9, UW-Stout’s Alexander Ilyushev fifth in 25:06.4, UW-Whitewater’s David Fassbender sixth in 25:07.7 and UW-La Crosse’s Tyler Nault seventh in 25:08.0.

UW-Oshkosh’s Lucas Weber finished eighth with a time of 25:15.0, UW-Stout’s Mike Friedman ninth in 25:16.0, UW-Eau Claire’s Wyatt Elmer 10th in 25:24.1, UW-La Crosse’s Sam Hinz 11th in 25:24.7, UW-Oshkosh’s Cody Chadwick 12th in 25:25.2, UW-Eau Claire’s Anthony Dupont 13th in 25:26.2 and UW-Whitewater’s Jonah Nelson 14th in 25:30.6.

UW-Stevens Point’s Bryce Richards placed 15th with a time of 25:31.5, UW-La Crosse’s Matt Bourland 16th in 25:32.9, UW-Eau Claire’s Connor Dolan 17th in 25:35.1, UW-La Crosse’s Zachary Shoemaker-Allen 18th in 25:37.6, UW-La Crosse’s Chris Pahnke 19th in 25:39.7 and UW-Stevens Point’s Tyler Tanko 20th in 25:40.3.

The top seven runners received All-WIAC first team recognition, while runners placing eight through 14 earned All-WIAC second team accolades. Individuals finishing 15 through 20 claimed honorable mention laurels.

UW-La Crosse’s Tom Schultz and UW-Platteville’s Zachary Lee were named co-recipients of the Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award.

An All-Sportsmanship Team was chosen for individuals that displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. It included one member from each school. Named to the squad were: UW-Eau Claire’s Bailey Wilson; UW-La Crosse’s Chris Pahnke; UW-Oshkosh’s Justin Skinkis; UW-Platteville’s Nick Hein; UW-River Falls’ Joseph Lezotte; UW-Stevens Point’s Alex Egbert; UW-Stout’s Dan Ressler; and UW-Whitewater’s Aaron Carmichael.