Eagle Women Finish Fourth at NCAA III Championships
Delaware, Ohio (UW-L Media Relations) - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team placed fourth on the final day of competition Saturday at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University's George Gauthier Track at Selby Stadium. The Eagles finished 38.0 team points while Wartburg College (Iowa) won the national crown with 65.0 points. UW-Oshkosh was second with 63.0 points while UW-Whitewater placed third with 44.5. The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) placed fifth with 27.0 points. A total of 81 teams scored points.
In Saturday's action, UW-L swept the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay national titles. Jaime Ludwigson, Jenna Halvorson, Claire Elliott and Meg Heafy captured the 4x100-meter relay with a facility record time of 46.08 while Halvorson, Claire Gordee, Shannon Klein and Elliott won the 4x400-meter relay at 3:42.24.
It marks the second straight season the Eagles swept the 4x100 and 4x400 championships. Ludwigson, Heafy, Elliott and Maya Vazquez won the 4x100 title a year ago while Halvorson, Rebecca Scheuermann, Klein and Elliott took the 4x400 crown.
Ludwigson and Claire Gordee earned individual All-America honors Saturday in the 100-meter hurdles with Ludwigson finishing fourth (14.23) and Gordee sixth (14.37).
Ludwigson now has 11 career NCAA III All-America honors, including six outdoor. Along with being a member of the 4x100-meter relay in 2013, Ludwigson was fourth in the 200-meter dash, sixth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. Gordee earned her first two career outdoor All-America honors Saturday. She has one indoor award.
Halvorson concludes her career with eight All-America awards, including three outdoor. Elliott has nine career recognitions with five coming outdoor. She has been a member of the winning 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays the last two seasons and was eighth in the 200-meter dash in 2012. Heafy has earned four career NCAA III outdoor awards. She was on last year's national champion 4x100-meter relay and placed seventh in the 200-meter dash.
In the field events, UW-L's Bria Halama placed second (40-2 3/4), Bailey Alston seventh (39-1) and Ludwigson 12th (37-9 1/2) in the triple jump. Halama earns her third career All-America honor, including first outdoor. She won the indoor triple jump title in March and was a member of the Eagles' national champion 4x400-meter relay. Alston picks up her fourth career All-America honor, including first outdoor.
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