Pioneers dominate inviteBy Topher Scheeler • February 16, 2012 • Category: Sports
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville track and field teams earned a combined 12 first-place finishes at the UW-Platteville Invitational Feb. 11 at Williams Fieldhouse. The men’s team nabbed seven top spots, the women’s team five.
Sophomore Danielle Kunkel won in dominating fashion in the women’s 5,000-meter run, posting the 25th fastest time in NCAA Division III history. Kunkel lapped the competition not once, but twice—and was close to a third—as she crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 4.73 seconds.
The Pioneers swept the top three positions in the men’s 800. Freshman Mike Schmidt won in 1:58.76.
The Pioneers again took the top three positions in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore T.J. Valley won in 8.33 followed closely by Aaron Loferski with a 8.54.
Freshmen Mary Katherine Kladar and Caitline Thomson co-championed the women’s high jump, with matching clearances of 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Freshman Monica Mansavage finished third, clearing 5-2 1/4.
Juniors Ben Farrell won in 49.32 and Matt Zeigler finished first and second in the men’s 400.
The Pioneers also took the top two positions in the men’s 5,000 and the women’s 800. Freshman Chris Czech won the men’s 5,000 in 16:11.23. Senior Ann Tank won the women’s 800 in 2:18.82.
The Pioneers won the woman’s 4×400 in 4:05.30.
Junior Chas Spangenberg won the men’s pole vault with a top clearance of 15 feet, 4 1/4 inches.
Junior Josh Vandenbush leapt to a win in the men’s triple jump with a 42-1 1/4 leap.
Sophomore Ace McCarty cleared 6-4 3/4 to win the men’s high jump.
Senior Patrick Klein won the men’s 3,000 in 8:31.75.
Junior Deidre Dillman won the women’s 400 in 58.60.