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Women's Track And Field Takes Fourth At Championship
Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2009
MARIETTA, Ohio - Behind a number of impressive performances over the last three days at the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Marietta College, the UW-Eau Claire women took fourth place out of 79 teams.
The Blugolds, who secured their best finish ever at the outdoor championship, scored 34.5 points. Previously, the best finish the Blugolds achieved was a seventh place finish in 1995. Last year Eau Claire tied for 18th at the championship.
Wartburg College (Iowa) won the national title with 52 points while UW-Oshkosh took second with 50. UW-La Crosse finished third with 40 points.
Liz Kooistra (Sr.-Lakeville, Minn.) set a new school and facility record as she took home the national title in the 400-meter dash. She eclipsed her previous school record of 55.12, set earlier this season, with a time of 54.29 today. Kooistra's time was the 12th best time a runner has ever achieved while winning the event at the Division III championship. The 400-meter dash championship has been contested 28 times beginning in 1982.
In the 200-meter dash, Kooistra took fourth place with a time of 24.90. With two All-American finishes today, Kooistra is now a four-time outdoor All-American.
Also competing today was Chelsea Becker (Sr.-Rice Lake, Wis.) in the triple jump. She finished with a leap of 11.08 meters (36-4.25) but did not advance to the finals.
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