Delaware, Ohio (UW-L Media Relations) - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse men's track & field team placed second Saturday on the final day of competition at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University's George Gauthier Track at Selby Stadium. The Eagles finished with 42.0 team points while the University of Mount Union (Ohio) claimed the national crown with 47.0 points. North Central College (Ill.) placed third with 35.0 points while UW-Oshkosh was fourth with 26.0 and Augustana College (Ill.) fifth with 25.0. A total of 82 teams scored points.
It is UW-L's third second-place finish in the last four years at the national outdoor championships. The Eagles have won an NCAA-best 12 outdoor titles in school history, including the 2013 crown. UW-L captured its nation-leading 17th indoor championship in March.
In Saturday's action, UW-L's Grant Havard captured the national title in the discus throw (188-11) to earn All-America honors. He is the fourth student-athlete in school history to win the discus throw, joining Tom Newberry (1985), Terry Strouf (1988) and Mike Turgeon (2002, 2004). It is Havard's fifth career All-America honor, including third outdoor. He placed seventh in the discus throw in 2012 and third in 2013.
UW-L's Ben Tenpas placed 13th in the discus throw (160-1) Saturday.
Alex Koenen and Ross Denman both placed third Saturday to earn NCAA Division III All-America honors. Koenen was third in the 100-meter dash (10.57) while Denman finished third in the 400-meter dash (47.51). It is Koenen's sixth career All-America award, including third outdoor. He was sixth in the 100-meter dash and a member of the third-place 4x100-meter relay in 2013.
The Eagles' Jacob Peterson earned All-America accolades in the 1,500-meter run (3:49.97) with a seventh-place finish. It is Peterson's fourth career award, including second outdoor. He placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run last year.
UW-L's 4x400-meter relay of Zak Wallenfang, Sam Smith, Cyrus Mason and Denman earned NCAA III All-America honors with a third-place finish (3:11.97). Wallenfang and Mason picked up their second career award, including first outdoor. Wallenfang earned his first All-America award. With his third-place finish in the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay, Denman now has four career All-America honors, including his first two outdoor.
In other results Saturday, Andrew Rohlmann placed 12th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:19.36) while Dominique Neloms finished 13th in the triple jump (46-9 1/2). David Stilin did not start in the 5,000-meter run.
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