By Adam Roberts – 6/1/2021
The 2020-21 athletic calendar year has come to a close for UW-La Crosse, and as per usual it ended in some hardware for the track and field programs.
Competing in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend, the Eagle women placed 2nd in the D3 NCAA Championship behind only Loras College. That’s the UWL women’s fourth second place finish in the event and their first since 1997. The men also performed very well, placing 5th.
Perhaps the biggest honor of the tournament for an Eagle runner went to Emma Lawrence; the Benton sophomore became the first student-athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles at the same championships. In the 400 run, her time was second in school history behind only Marissa Mahr’s 59.95 run in 2015.
In total, the women grabbed 17 All-America honors over the weekend. The only first place finish between the two programs came in the men’s 4×100 meter relay for Seth Holden, Troy De Bruin, Spencer, Reichart, and Josh Koenecke.