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Two Earn WIAC Women's Track And Field Titles
Posted: Friday, May 1, 2009
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Following day one of the 2009 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium, two Blugolds won titles as the team sits in third place out of nine teams.
UW-Oshkosh leads the field with 76 points after day one while UW-La Crosse is in second with 66. The Blugolds scored 51 today while UW-Stevens Point is behind them with 29.
Hayley Suckow (Jr.-Elk Mound, Wis.) recorded an NCAA Division III Championship automatic qualifying height in the pole vault as she won the conference title. Her vault of 3.82 meters (12-6.25) tied for the third best height in the nation this season. Chelsea Becker (Sr.-Rice Lake, Wis.) finished fourth in the event with a height of 3.42 meters (11-2.50).
Later in the day Mary Palmer (Sr.-Anoka, Minn.) took home the top spot in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 38:27.01.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, defending conference champion Hannah Humbach (Jr.-Madison, Wis./Abundant Life) finished in second place with a time of 10:48.15. The mark is a Division III championship provisional qualifying time. Last year she won the event with a time of 11:03.16.
The Blugold women took home a fifth place finish in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:44.67 and Amy Oldenburg (Jr.-Minocqua, Wis./Lakeland Union) also picked up a fifth place finish in the long jump with a distance of 5.19 meters (17-0.50). Brittany Frederick (Fr.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) also found her way to a fifth place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 48.19 meters (158-1), a Division III provisional qualifying distance.
In preliminaries, Liz Kooistra (Sr.-Lakeville, Minn.) set the best time at 57.64 in the 400-meter dash. Her time was almost a second faster than the rest of the field.
Tomorrow the Blugolds will wrap up competition at the WIAC Championship. Events will get underway at 11 a.m.
- KM -