The UW-La Crosse men's 4X100 relay team was the first qualifying team entering the finals on Saturday. A team comprised of Robert Willison, James Hoesley, Ernest Winters, and Josh Koenecke.
This team crossed the finished line first with their best time of the year at 40.47 meaning they are National Champions.
" It felt fantastic," Koenecke said. " Jim got me that baton perfectly, right in the middle of the zone. I saw one guy off to my left. I knew it was the only dude I had to beat so I just got out there, ran my hardest. I saw myself pass him, cross the line, look up at that board, and we are number one. It is the greatest feeling in the world."
" I am buzzing right now," Winters added. " My feet are tingling. I feel amazing. I feel like hercules right now and I know my teammates do too."
" We just push each other each day, and we have great chemistry," Hoesley said. " You know we are all laughing every day. You know practice is so fun. We have so much fun at practice, and that just makes competing even better."
" I was just ecstatic," Willison said. " I told Josh yesterday that if we win this thing I am coming, I am jumping on you and giving you a hug, taking you to the ground. I was like it is going to be so crazy. The emotions are running crazy right now too. It was wild."