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Women's Track & Field In Second At WIAC Championship
Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2009
MENOMONIE, Wis. - With 54.5 points, the UW-Eau Claire women's track and field team is in second place out of nine teams at this season's Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.
La Crosse leads the field with 79.5 points and Oshkosh is in third with 34.5. Stout has 23 and is in fourth place while River Falls is in fifth with 18. Platteville has 10 and is in sixth, Whitewater has 9.5 and is in seventh and Stevens Point is in eighth with five points. Superior did not score any points today.
Two Blugolds captured conference titles, with Mary Palmer (Sr.-Anoka, Minn.) winning the 5,000-meter run and Alicia Schuelke (Sr.-Gilman, Wis.) taking first in the high jump. Palmer won the race with a time of 17:40.51, more than 33 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Eau Claire's Beth Easker (So.-Wittenberg, Wis./Wittenberg-Birnamwood). Schuelke won the high jump with a height of 5-1 ?.
In preliminaries, Liz Kooistra (Sr.-Lakeville, Minn.) finished second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash. In the 200-meter dash, she finished with a season-best time of 25.65. Whitewater's Brooke Bell set a facility record with a time of 25.47 to take first. In the 400-meter dash, an event she won a year ago, Kooistra finished in a time of 59.18. Coming into the events, she held the conference's fastest times in both.
Maria Peloquin (So.-Prescott, Wis.) and Hayley Suckow (Jr.-Elk Mound, Wis.) captured third place finishes. Suckow earned a third place finish in the pole vault with a height of 12-0 - while Peloquin was third in the 800-meter run prelims with a time of 2:20.35.
The nine schools will wrap up competition tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. in Menomonie.
- KM -