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Blugold Women Finish strong At NCAA Championship
Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2008
OSHKOSH, Wis. - On the final day of the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Liz Faller (Sr. -Marinette, Wis.) and Liz Kooistra (Jr. -Lakeville, Minn.) earned All-American honors in their events at J.J. Keller Field in Oshkosh.
Faller had the best finish of the day for the Blugolds, taking the runner-up spot in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished with a time of 13.98, a personal best, and a school and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record. The UW-Eau Claire and conference record was previously held by Jennifer Stafslein, who set the mark of 14.38 in 2005. This is the second time Faller captured All-American status in the 100-meter hurdles, with the last time being in 2006 with a fourth place finish. Frostburg State's Sumer Rohrs won the 100-meter hurdles at this year's championship, with a time of 13.68, a Division III season best and J.J. Keller Field record. Faller also took seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at nationals with a time of 62.00.
Kooistra took home fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.68, a personal best and school record. She finished only seven-one-hundredths of a second outside of third place. This is the second time Kooistra picked up All-American honors in the event. The last time was in 2006 when Kooistra finished in eighth place with a time of 56.30. Illinois Wesleyan's Rachel Anderson took first in the race this year with a Division III season best and J.J. Keller Field record time of 54.35.
UW-River Falls and Illinois Wesleyan University were co-national champions on the women's side, with each school scoring 35 points. Wartburg College took third with 34 points. In the men's championship, McMurry University took home the title with 35 points. SUNY-Cortland was second with 33 points, while Whitworth University finished third with 31.
- KM -