The UW-Eau Claire women’s and men’s track a field teams had strong performances this past weekend at the Indoor Conference track & field meet, which was hosted by UW-Stout. The women finished 2nd of 9 teams and the men finished 4th of 9 teams. In the middle distance / distance events on the women’s side sophomore Ashlyn Mauer (Sheboygan Falls) won the 5K by less than 1 second in 18:00, which is a 17 second personal best. After the first kilometer Ashlyn took the lead and never relinquished it. Ashlyn did a great job of steadily increasing the pace each kilometer to ensure it wasn’t just a sit and kick race, and, fortunately, this strategy paid off by the narrowest of margins! Ashlyn’s 1K splits were: 3:43, 3:38, 3:36, 3:35 & 3:28 for the final K. The Blugolds placed 3 in the top 8 of the women’s 800. Maria Peloquin (sr.-Prescott) led the trio finishing 3rd overall in a time of 2:19.58. Taylor McMillan (so.-Stoughton) finished 4th in an indoor personal best time of 2:20.20 and Jami Riley (fr.-Fairmont, MN) finished 7th in an overall personal best time of 2:20.95. In the 3K, Dana Griepentrog (Homestead) was the top freshman finisher placing 4th overall in a pr time of 10:42.01. Madison Sawyer (so.-Champlin Park, MN) and Kelly Palmer (sr.-Chaska, MN) weren’t far behind. Madison finished 6th in a pr time of 10:42.68 and Kelly finished 8th in 10:45.13. Alyssa Sybilrud (jr.-Burnsville, MN) held on for 7th place in the Mile with a time of 5:15 and anchored the women’s distance medley relay team (Maria Peloquin – 1200, Halley Ahler – 400 (fr.-Waukesha West), Taylor McMillan – 800) to a Conference Championship. Other Blugold women’s Conference Champions included Kim Miresse (jr.-Waukesha North) who won the 55 Hurdles in a NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 8.32 and the women’s 4 x 200m relay of Kat Wesely (fr.-LaCrosse Aquinas), Talisa Emberts (jr.-Sussex Hamilton), Kim Miresse and Corinna Saager (sr.-Wausau East).
Here’s a link to the complete indoor conference results for the women:
On the men’s side Thomas Breitbach led the way for the Blugolds winning the 5K in a time of 14:57. The race proved to be quite tactical with the majority of the field passing through the 3K in 9:18. Thomas took the lead with 1300m to go and never looked back. He closed his final 1K in 2:46. Jeremy Kieser (so.-Verona) also had a great 5K finishing 6th overall in a pr time of 15:09. Jeremy, who also passed through the 3K in 9:18, was able to respond very well to the pace change closing his final 2 kilometers in 2:56 and 2:55. In the 3K Aaron Easker (so.-Wittenberg-Birnamwood) finished 2nd overall in a pr time of 8:34. Aaron ran a great race surging to the lead with 800m to go, but, unfortunately, the surge didn’t break the kick of Brian Butzler (Whitewater) who took the lead with 400m to go and won in a time of 8:26. In the mile Jake Zander (sr.-Chippewa Falls McDonell) placed 5th overall in pr time of 4:17, and then came back to anchor the men’s distance medley relay team (Matt Scott – 1200 (fr.-Kiel), Marty Richardson – 400 (jr.-Kimberly), Alex Adkinson – 800 (so.-Whitewater)) to a 3rd place finish.
Here’s a link to the complete indoor conference results for the men:
The Blugolds will attempt to qualify more individuals and relays for Nationals this Saturday at the UW-Stevens Point Last Chance Meet. The NCAA Division III Indoor National Meet is at Capital University in Bexley, OH on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th.