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Women's Track & Field Takes Fifth At WIAC Championships
Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2005
PLATTEVILLE - Jen Stafslien (Sr. -Onalaska/West Salem) closed out an impress indoor collegiate career with first place finishes in both the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump in leading the UW-Eau Claire women's track and field team to a fifth place finish at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships held here today.
Stafslien won the long jump with a season-best distance of 18-1 - feet and the hurdles in a season-best time of 8.48 seconds. This is the second consecutive year Stafslien has won both events. Stafslien added a third place finish in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 37-8 - feet.
Stephanie Barnes (So.-Sauk City/Sauk Prairie) took first in the pole vault with a provisionally qualifying height of 12 feet. The height matched Barnes' season-high.
Christina Locke (So.-Racine/Horlick) had a good performance today finishing sixth in the 1-mile run and seventh in the 800-meter run. Locke ran the 1-mile in a season-best 5:12.32 and finished the 800 in 2:22.40.
Kristi Hansen (Sr.-Rosemount, MN) took third in the 400-meter run in a season-best time of 59.01 seconds while Liz Faller (So.-Marinette) finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.60 seconds. Ashley Nelson (Sr.-Darwin, MN/Litchfield) added eighth place finishes in the long jump and 55-meter dash.
The Blugold relay teams had strong performances taking second in both the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay events with season-best times. The 4x200 team finished in1:46.73 while the 4x400 team crossed the line in 4:03.45.
UW-La Crosse took first for the sixth consecutive year with 145.33 points. UW-Oshkosh finished second with 140.50 points followed by UW-Stevens Point with 104.83, UW-Stout with 76.50 and Eau Claire with 70.
Oshkosh's Robyn Jarocki set two conference records today. Jarocki set the shot put record with a toss of 48-5 - feet and shattered the weight throw record with a throw of 63-1 - feet.
Stout's Laura Verdegan and Stevens Point's Megan Craig were named the Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athletes following the competition. Verdegan was named the Field Athlete of the Meet while Point's Jenna Mitchler was named the Track Athlete of the Meet. La Crosse's Pat Healy was named the Coach of the Year.
- JL -