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Men's Track Set For WIAC Championships
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2005
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire men's indoor track and field team will head to Platteville this Friday and Saturday, where the Blugolds will participate in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The event will take place in the Williams Fieldhouse and is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The final event on Friday is set for 7:00 p.m. The championships will continued on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with the presentation of team and special awards at 5:15 p.m. The top 24 conference finishers in each even throughout the year will qualify for competition in that event.
The Blugolds appear to be the strongest on the field side of things, anchored by John Schuna (Sr.-Hudson), who is a candidate to win both the shot put and weight throw events. Schuna has the best throw in conference this season in the shot put with a distance of 17.58 meters (57-8?). He finished second last year in the shot put at the indoor championships. Schuna has the sixth best distance in the weight throw this year in the WIAC.
The duo of Shaun Marek (Sr.-Waunakee) and Eric Johnson (So.-Schofield/D.C. Everest) will look to compete in both the long and triple jump events. Marek has the sixth best long jump in conference this season at 6.66 meters (21-10?) while Johnson's jump of 6.58 meters (21-7?) is good for eighth in the WIAC this season. The pair will also be looking to compete in the triple jump, as Johnson is seventh in the WIAC this season and Marek is eighth.
Adam Condit (Sr.-La Crosse/Central) will be representing the Blugolds on the track side in the mile-run, the 1,500-meter run and the 3,000-meter run. His time of 4:16.29 in the mile is the fifth best in the conference this season and good for a provisional qualification to national competition. He has the second best time in the conference in the 1,500-meter run at 4:01.87 and the ninth best time in the WIAC in the 3,000-meter run at 8:43.45.
Nick Aliota (So.-Brookfield/Central) looks for strong showings in both the 55-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. He has the fourth best time in the conference this season in the hurdles at 7.95 seconds and the fifth best time in the 200-meter dash at 22.95 seconds.
Adam Koger (So.-Eau Claire/Memorial) brings a provisional qualification for nationals in the 400-meter dash into play this weekend. He has the fourth best time in the WIAC in the event at 49.70 seconds.
Justin Wolfe (Sr.-Brodhead) will also look for a win in the pole vault competition. Coming into play he has the ninth best height this season at 4.53 meters (14-10?).
The action will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Williams Fieldhouse in Platteville.
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