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UWL Wins NCAA III Title; Earns Fourteen All-America Honors on Final Day

May 30, 2023

2023 NCAA Division III Championships Website

Pittsford, N.Y. - 
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team captured its fourth National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Outdoor Championships Saturday at Polisseni Track and Field Complex. It is the Eagles first national title since 2015. UWL also won the crown in 1983 and 1984. 

UWL secured this year's national title with 67.5 team points with Loras College (Iowa) finishing second with 58.0. The Duhawks had captured the last two national championships. Washington University-St. Louis (Mo) placed third Saturday with 51.0 points and Massachusetts Institute of Technology was fourth 37.0. The championships are being hosted by St. John Fisher University (N.Y.) and Visit Rochester. 

 It is the Eagles' first outdoor national title under head coach Nickolas Davis. He led UWL to the 2023 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in March, its second national title in school history. UWL also won the 2015 indoor national crown. 

Lauren Jarrett and Emma Lawrence each earned a pair of individual NCAA III All-America honors on Saturday. Jarrett placed second in the 100 (11.61) and 200 (24.16) meter dash. Lawrence picked up a pair of All-America awards in the hurdles, placing third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.21) and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (14.08).

Jarrett and Lawrence also earned NCAA III All-America accolades in the relays on Saturday. Bella Seitz, Jarrett, Lawrence and Emily Dawidowich placed third (45.98) in the 4x100-meter relay while Amber Johnson, Dawidowich, Morgan Jennings and Lawrence finished fourth (3:45.00) in the 4x400-meter relay. 

It is Jarrett's first three NCAA III All-America awards in her career. 

Lawrence ends her career with 11 NCAA III Outdoor All-America honors. Along with the four this year, Lawrence earned four in 2022 and three in 2021. She placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 2021 and 2021 and finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in 2021 and sixth in 2022. Lawrence was a member of the Eagles' fifth-place 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays a year ago and the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay in 2021. 

With her two All-America honors in this year's relays, Dawidowich now has five in her career. She was on the third-place 4x100-meter relay in 2021 and fifth-place 4x100-meter relay in 2022. Dawidowich also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash in 2021 to earn honors. 

It is Johnson's third career outdoor All-America honor in the 4x400-meter relay after being on the fourth-place relay in 2021 and fifth-place relay in 2022.

Seitz and Jennings earned their first career All-America awards.  

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UWL Hosts Final Qualifier; Sets Three School Records; Ties Another

May 19, 2023

La Crosse, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team hosted the UWL Final Qualifier Thursday night at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. No team scores were recorded. 

UWL set three school records while tying one more in Thursday's meet. 

On the track, Emma Lawrence set a school record in winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.62. She broke the record of 59.95 set by Marissa Mahr in 2015. Maddie Hannan set a UWL record in capturing the 800-meter run on Thursday with a time of 2:08.58, breaking her own record of 2:09.69 set earlier this season at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational. 

Emily Dawidowich tied the school record in the 200-meter dash (24.07), placing second in the event. She tied Meg Heafy's record set in 2015. 

In the field events, the Eagles' Skye Digman broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 195-0 in winning the event. She threw 194-6 earlier this year at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships. 

Along with Lawrence and Hannan winning events on the track Thursday, Emma Malooly took the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:45.73). UWL's 4x400-meter relay of Lilly HalvorsonAmber JohnsonMorgan Jennings and Dawidowich also placed first (3:46.30). 

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UWL Captures Eleventh Straight WIAC Title; Wins Ten Events on Second Day

May 10, 2023

Whitewater, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track and field team captured its 11th straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships (presented by Culver's) Saturday night at UW-Whitewater's Rex Foster Track Complex. The Eagles won the title with 363.5 points. UW-Eau Claire was second with 156.0 points and UW-Whitewater third with 85.5.

UW-Oshkosh was fourth (62.0) followed by UW-Stout fifth (57.0), UW-Stevens Point sixth (42.0), UW-River Falls seventh (30.0) and UW-Platteville eighth (23.0). 

It is UWL's 38th (1972-73, 1977-87, 1992-93, 1998-2003, 2005, 2007-10, 2012-19, 2021-2023) WIAC title in school history, the most in conference history. 

The 363.5 points are the most scored in league history, surpassing UW-Oshkosh's total of 313.0 in 1996. UWL scored at least 10 points in 19 of 21 events.

The Eagles won 10 events on Saturday, including sweeping the four field events. Skye Digman, who captured the hammer throw on Friday, won a pair of titles on Saturday. She won the shot put (49-11 3/4) and discus throw (157-4). Digman is the first UWL thrower to win the shot put since Kendra Antony in 2017 and the first to capture the discus throw since Patti Franckowiak in 1998. 

Digman is the second athlete in WIAC history to sweep the hammer throw, shot put and discus throw at the league championships. She joins UW-Oshkosh's Robyn Jarocki who won all three events in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Digman broke her own school record in Friday's hammer throw with a mark of 194-6. She also set a meet record. Digman's throw broke her own school record of 189-2 set earlier this season.

Miah Keller won the triple jump (39-0 1/4) and Ainsley Hansen the high jump (5-7 3/4) on Saturday. Keller is the second straight athlete to win the triple jump for UWL after Samantha Barrett took the crown last season. Hansen is in the first UWL student-athlete to win the high jump since Amy Jo Garringer in 2009.

UWL Completes Action at Drake Relays

May 03, 2023

Des Moines, Iowa - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team completed action at the Drake Relays Saturday. No team scores were recorded. 

UWL's Ainsley Hansen finished eighth (5-4 1/4) in the high jump on Saturday. 

The Eagles' 4x400-meter relay of Amber JohnsonMorgan JenningsEmily Dawidowich and Emma Lawrence placed third (3:49.76).

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the team's Drake Relays campaign! Your generosity helped offset expenses like travel, lodging, and meals in Des Moines. We are grateful for your kind support!

UWL Captures Esten Challenge; Wins Eight Events on Second Day

April 26, 2023

La Crosse, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team captured the Phil Esten Challenge Saturday night at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The Eagles finished with 259.83 points while UW-Eau Claire was second with 123.50 and Winona State University (Minn.) third with 58.00. A total of 19 teams scored points.  

UWL's Skylar White won the heptathlon on Saturday with 4,384 points. The Eagles had four of the top-eight finishers as Allison Anderson was fifth (4,225), Alexys Scheuerell seventh (4,126) and Noelle Hackenmueller eighth (4,031). The heptathlon concluded Saturday with the long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run after competition included the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash on Friday.  

The Eagles won seven other events on Saturday, including four in the field events. Ashley O'Connell won the pole vault (12-6 1/4), Ainsley Hansen the high jump (5-6 1/2), Gabby Johnson the javelin throw (128-6) and Skye Digman the hammer throw (189-2). 

UWL also won three titles on the tack. Lauren Jarrett won the 100-meter dash (11.96) and Brooke McDowell the 100-meter hurdles (14.34). The Eagles' 4x100-meter relay of Bella Seitz, Jarrett, Emma Lawrence and Emily Dawidowich also took first (48.28). 

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UWL Wins Ashton May Invitational; Captures Twelve Events

April 11, 2023

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track and field team captured the Ashton May Invitational Friday night at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The Eagles finished with 331.0 team points while UW-Eau Claire was second with 113.5 and Winona State University (Minn.) third with 87.5. A total of six teams competed. 

UWL won 12 titles on Friday, including six in the field events and six on the track. The Eagles' Skye Digman captured the shot put (46-7 1/2) and hammer throw (187-8) while finishing second in the discus throw (143-9). She broke her own school record of 184-10 in the hammer throw set in 2021. Other field events winners included Gabby Johnson in the javelin throw (128-11), Ashley O'Connell in the pole vault (12-4), Ainsley Hansen in the high jump (5-6 1/2) and Miah Keller in the triple jump (38-2 3/4).

Four Individuals Win Titles at Wartburg Select to Start Outdoor Season

April 04, 2023

Waverly, Iowa - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track & field team opened its outdoor season at the Wartburg College (Iowa) Select on Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2. The Eagles finished fourth with 81.33 points while Northern Iowa University took the team title with 160.50. A total of 16 teams competed. 

UWL won four individual titles, including Emily Dawidowich taking the 100 (12.25) and 200 (25.31) meter dashes. 

In the field events, Gabby Johnson won the javelin throw (129-9) and Araceli De Leo Lopez the pole vault (12-4 1/2). 

Other top-eight finishes on the track included Julia Anderson finishing third (2:21.19) in the 800-meter run, Dyllan Powers sixth (26.31) in the 200-meter dash and Bryn Sato eighth (12:28.10) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

In the field events, Ashley O'Connell was second (11-4 1/2) in the pole vault while Skye Digman was third (183-3) in the hammer throw. Leah Surprenant was fifth (168-3) and Holly Wardynski eighth (156-6) in the hammer throw. Ava Foley placed fifth (17-8 3/4) in the long jump with Kyah Frederixon sixth (36-9 1/2) and Carly Schreurs seventh (36-5 1/2) in the triple jump. Alia Vanderhoef finished seventh (5-1) and Hannah Lacey tied for eighth (4-11) in the high jump.

UWL returns to action Friday, April 7 hosting the Ashton May Invitational at 11 a.m. 

UWL Wins NCAA III Title; Earn Eleven All-America Honors on Second Day

March 14, 2023

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women's track and field team captured its second National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor Championship Saturday night at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Eagles finished with 59.5 team points to win their first indoor national championship since 2015.  

Along with the two national titles, UWL has finished runner-up six times (1993, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2014, 2022) at the indoor national championships

It is the first national title for UWL head coach Nickolas Davis. He led the Eagles to a second-place finish at the 2021 NCAA III Outdoor Championships and to second-place national finishes at the 2022 NCAA III Indoor and Outdoor Championships. 

Davis has also led UWL to four indoor (2018, 2020, 2022, 2023) and four outdoor (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships.

UWL earned seven individual All-America accolades on Saturday, including a pair from Emma Lawrence. She finished second (24.44) in the 200-meter dash and third (8.53) in the 60-meter hurdles. Lawrence has now earned five career indoor All-America honors, including third in the 60-meter hurdles. She placed fourth last season. Lawrence was on the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay in 2022. 

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