The outdoor track season is off to a great start for the UW-Eau Claire women’s and men’s track & field teams. The Blugolds have competed in two meets at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA on Saturday, April 2nd and this past Saturday, April 9th at UW-Platteville.
At Wartburg the entire middle distance / distance women’s team competed in the 1500 with several people doubling back in the 800 or 4 x 400 relay. Maria Peloquin (sr.-Prescott) led the way in the 1500 finishing 4th in a personal best time of 4:48.44. Ashlyn Mauer (so.-Sheboygan Falls), Madison Sawyer (so.-Champlin Park) and Jami Riley (fr.-Fairmont, MN) also set personal bests finishing 6th, 10th and 12th with times of 4:53, 4:57 and 5:00.
On the men’s side at Wartburg freshman Matt Scott (Kiel) had an impressive meet running 4:01 in the 1500 to finish 7th and then Matt doubled back in the 800 with a PR time of 1:57 to finish 6th. Jake Zander (sr.-Chippewa Falls McDonell) and Aaron Easker (so.-Wittenberg-Birnamwood) led the way in the 1500 finishing 4th and 5th overall both running times of 3:59.
Here’s a link to the complete Wartburg results:
At Platteville this past weekend the middle distance / distance crew had 10 PR’s on the women’s side and 11 PR’s on the men’s side. Ashlyn Mauer led the way for the women winning the 3000m Steeplechase by 30 seconds in a NCAA Provisional qualifying time of 10:53. This is a 53 second PR and ranks Ashlyn 6th nationally in Division III. In the 800 three women broke 2:20 with Maria Peloquin leading the way with a 2:15 4th place finish. Taylor McMillan (so.-Stoughton) and Jami Riley both ran PR times of 2:17 and 2:19 to finish 7th and 10th overall. In the 1500 Nicole Blahnik (so.-Antigo) ran strong finishing 7th in a PR time of 4:54. Five Blugold women placed in the top 8 in the 5K with Teresa Coughlin (jr.-Coon Rapids, MN) finishing 2nd in a 32” PR time of 18:31. Madison Sawyer, who ran her first 5K on the track, wasn’t far behind Teresa finishing 3rd overall in 18:33. Rounding out the top 5 in the 5K were Michelle Brunshidle (so.-St. Croix Central)-5th, 18:47; Molly Woodford (sr.-Waukesha South)-7th, 18:58; and Kacey Rindy (jr.-Fennimore)-8th, 18:59.
On the men’s side, Thomas Breitbach set a new UW-Eau Claire outdoor school record in the 5K with a time of 14:29. The previous record of 14:39 was set by Mike Monk in 1990. Breitbach’s time is a NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark and currently ranks him 2nd in the nation. Aaron Easker and Jeremy Kieser (so.-Verona) also had strong performances in the 5K. Easker, in his 5K debut, finished 6th overall in 15:01, and Kieser finished 8th overall in a PR time of 15:05. In the 800 Jake Zander finished 5th in a PR time of 1:55.25, and Alex Adkinson (so.-Whitewater) finished 6th in 1:55.70. Eric Knutson (fr.-Brookfield Central) and Tyler Hart (fr.-Sun Prairie) ran the first Steeplechase of their careers and did well finishing 4th and 7th overall with times of 10:02 and 10:17.
Here’s a link to the complete Platteville results:
Up next for the Blugolds is the Phil Esten Invite at UW-La Crosse this Friday. The following week the team will split up and go to two different meets: the Winona State Invite in Winona, MN and the Kansas Relays at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.