The Brillion News
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s track and field team captured its first NCAA Division III Indoor title March 14 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Eagles won the national title with 55 team points while UW-Oshkosh placed second with 49 and Illinois Wesleyan University third with 39.
Eagles junior Meg Heafy – a state championship winner at Reedsville High School – placed second, setting a new school record with a time of :24.72, in the 200-meter dash to pick up her first career indoor All-America honor.
She broke her own school record (:24.93) set in preliminaries a day earlier.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse men’s track and field team placed second at the Division III Indoor Championships.
The Eagles finished with 60 team points, while UW-Eau Claire won the national crown with 62.0.
Bryan Klister, a senior at UW-La Crosse, also earned All-American honors when he took fourth place in the men’s pole vault at the NCAA Championships.
Klister lives in Wrightstown but graduated from Lena High School, finishing school there after his family moved from Lena back to Wrightstown, where his father grew up.
Klister cleared 16 feet 4¾ inches (5.0 meters). It was a huge step up from his ninth place finish at the WIAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 28, where he cleared 15 feet 3¾ inches (4.67 meters).
Also at the WIAC Indoor Championships, competed at Platteville this year, Heafy took second place in the women’s 60-meter dash. She tied first-place finisher Carly Fehler of UW-Eau Claire, with a time of 0:07.44.
Heafy earned her gold medal at the WIAC Indoors as the fourth leg of the UW-La Crosse women’s 4×200 meter replay team, which took first, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place team from UWEC.
The team’s time of 1:44.16 was a new WIAC indoor record, erasing the record (1:41.28) set a year ago by a UW-La Crosse team that also included Heafy as the final runner. The other three women on the 2014 4×200 relay team were different than the front three this year; Heafy was the only runner on both the 2014 and 2015 championship teams.
Matt Lorenz, a UW-La Crosse junior from Brillion, took fourth place in the men’s triple jump, with a mark of 46 feet 10¼ inches (14.28 meters).
Eric Klister, Bryan’s freshman brother and also a student at La Crosse, finished 13th in the men’s heptathlon. His best event was in the pole vault, where he tied for fourth and cleared 14-02. In the other heptathlon events, Eric took fifth in the 60-meter dash, ninth in the 60-meter hurdles, 10th in the 1,000 meter run, 14th in the long jump, 16th in the high jump and 17th in the shot put.