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Women's Track & Field Brings Home Qualifiers in Last Chance Meets
By: BJ Pickard, Sports Information Student
WINONA, Minn. (UWECBlugolds.com) - The UW-Eau Claire women's outdoor track and field team competed in three meets this weekend to qualify competitors for Division III nationals.
Blugold athletes competed at the North Central Last Chance at North Central College (Ill.), the La Crosse Last Chance at UW-La Crosse and the Winona State Qualifier at Winona State University (Minn.).
The team kicked things off by traveling to North Central College on Thursday. After two days of competition, the Blugolds came away with one automatic qualifier for nationals and two provisional qualifiers.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Alyssa Sybilrud (So.-Savage, Minn./Burnsville) finished in 10:38.52, good for an automatic qualification.
Elly Prunty (Jr.-Antigo, Wis.) provisionally qualified in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:16.36.
Maria Peloquin (Jr.-Prescott, Wis.) finished the 800-meter run in 2:12.99, good for a provisional qualification.
On Friday, several Blugolds traveled to UW-La Crosse for the La Crosse Last Chance meet.
The 4x100-meter relay team provisionally qualified for nationals with a time of 48.35, while the 4x400-meter relay team provisionally qualified after finishing in 3:51.63.
On Saturday, the team competed at Winona State University for its third meet of the weekend.
In Winona, Corinna Saager (Jr.-Wausau, Wis./East) and Erin Schoenfelder (Fr.-Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) came away with provisional qualifications in the 400-meter hurdles, posting times of 1:03.51 and 1:03.61, respectively.
In the field, Brittany Frederick (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) recorded an automatic qualifying time in the discus throw, with a mark of 47.35 meters (155-4), and provisionally qualified in the shot put with a toss of 13.16 meters (43-2.25). She already has the longest toss in the discus throw in the nation this season (49.60 meters, 162-9).
The team will return to action in La Crosse for another Last Chance meet next Thursday, May 20. Events will begin at 3 p.m.