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Relay Teams Lead Blugolds at NCAA Championship
By: Kevin Meinholz, Sports Information Director
GREENCASTLE, Ind. (UWECBlugolds.com) - Two relay teams earned All-American status as the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's track and field teams competed at the first day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship at DePauw University's Indoor Tennis and Track Center.
Leading the group at nationals was the women's distance medley relay team. The group of Alyssa Sybilrud (So.-Savage, Minn./Burnsville), Hayley Suckow (Sr.-Elk Mound, Wis.), Maria Peloquin (Jr.-Prescott, Wis.) and Hannah Humbach (Sr.-Madison, Wis./Abundant Life) finished in second place as they recorded a time of 11:51.63. They finished just over a second behind the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) runners.
The men's distance medley relay team also earned All-American status as it finished seventh in the field of 11 teams. The group of Wes Fischer (Sr.-Rosemount, Minn.), Adam Flyte (Sr.-Fort Atkinson, Wis.), Brent Kann (Sr.-Rice Lake, Wis.) and Patrick Mackin (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy) had a time of 10:06.87, just over four seconds away from first place. UW-Stevens Point won the national title in the event with a time of 10:02.38.
Two Blugolds also competed in weight throws today. Tony Sigrist (So.-Byron, Minn.) competed in the 35-pound weight throw and finished with a toss of 57-5.75 (17.52 meters) while Brittany Frederick (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) competed in the 20-pound weight throw and had a distance of 50-1.75 (15.28 meters). The distances were not enough for either to advance to the final round of competition as only the top nine throwers participate in the finals.
Frederick will compete once more tomorrow in the shot put while Suckow will compete in the pole vault to wrap up the championship.