The cool and rainy weather the last two weeks hasn’t slowed the UW - Eau Claire middle distance / distance crew. The past two meets at UW-La Crosse on Friday, April 15th and last Friday, April 22nd at Winona State have seen strong performances on the track from the Blugolds. In La Crosse two weeks ago the distance men and women focused on the 10K. On the men’s side, Charlie Daehler (jr.-Whitefish Bay) and Aric Runzheimer (so.-Kettle Moraine) ran strong finishing 2nd and 4th overall in 31:59 and 32:13. The duo passed through 8K together in 25:49 and separated during the final 3 laps. Charlie made a late surge during the final lap but came up just short of the win finishing less than 2 seconds behind 1st place with a 17 second PR.
The women placed 5 individuals in the top 9 in the 10K at UW-La Crosse. Michelle Brunshidle (so.-St. Croix Central) led the way placing 2nd overall in 39:12 in her first ever 10,000m race. Molly Woodford (sr.-Waukesha South) ran with Michelle until the final lap and finished 4th overall in a PR time of 39:21. Rounding out the top 5 for Eau Claire was Ilse Renner (so.-Green Bay East)-5th, 39:28*PR; Kacey Rindy (jr.-Fennimore)-7th, 39:56 and Teresa Coughlin (jr.-Coon Rapids, MN)-9th, 40:19.
Here’s a link to the complete UW-La Crosse results:
At Winona State this past Friday the Blugold men had several strong performances despite very rainy and windy conditions. In the 800, sophomore Aaron Easker (Wittenberg-Birnamwood) PR’d by over 2 seconds finishing 5th overall in 1:56. Eric Pronschinske (so.-Arcadia) won the 2nd section of the men’s 1500 and finished 8th overall in a PR time of 4:10. Eric closed his final 300m in 45 seconds. Senior Max Renner (Green Bay East) ran his first race of the season placing 4th in the 3,000m Steeplechase in a time of 9:47.
The Blugold women set nine lifetime PR’s on Friday in Winona. Leading the way was sophomore Ashlyn Mauer (so.-Sheboygan Falls) who won the 5K in a PR time of 17:36, which was 59 seconds ahead of the second place finisher! Freshmen Victoria Janasz (Elk River, MN) and Alana Jenkins (Eau Claire Memorial) also had 5K PR’s finishing 4th and 5th in 19:04 and 19:18. Maria Peloquin (sr.-Prescott) ran a 4 second PR in the 1500m run finishing 5th overall in a time of 4:44. Four other Blugold women broke 5 minutes in the 1500 all in PR times, and they include: Madison Sawyer (so.-Champlin Park, MN)-7th, 4:52; Erica Tiffany (so.-Mounds View, MN)-8th, 4:57; Taylor McMillan (so.-Stoughton)-9th, 4:58 and Jami Riley (fr.-Fairmont, MN)-11th, 4:59. Kelly Palmer (sr.-Chaska, MN) also had a strong performance in the 3,000m steeplechase winning by 20 seconds in a time of 11:34.
Here’s a link to the complete Winona State results:
The Blugolds are competing at three different meets this weekend, which include the St. Mary’s Invite in Winona, MN; the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, IA. Outdoor Conference is next Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th at UW-Platteville.