June 8, 2009

 

Courtesy of UW-Oshkosh Athletics

UW-Oshkosh scored 46 points to win its first NCAA Division III outdoor crown May 23. Last March, the Titans tallied 32 points to share the NCAA Division III indoor title with UW-La Crosse.

Defending champion McMurry University (Texas) finished second to UW-Oshkosh with 40 points. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) placed third with 39 points, while Salisbury University (Md.) ranked fourth with 28 and UW-La Crosse fifth with 26.

Rounding out the top 10 teams were sixth-place Trinity University (Texas) and Whitworth University (Wash.) with 23 points, eighth-place Buena Vista University (Iowa) with 21 points and ninth-place Hamilton College (N.Y.) and UW-Whitewater with 20. A total of 81 teams scored points at this year's championship.

The ninth-seeded Baker won the discus competition with a distance of 165-8. Shaun Davis of UW-Whitewater finished second with a mark of 165-4. Baker earned another All-America award with his fifth-place cast of 176-1 in the hammer throw. Bryan Kolacz of Keene State College (N.H.) took first place in the hammer throw with a toss of 201-8.

Kaul became the first person in UW-Oshkosh history to record four All-America performances in the same running event when he won the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:54.56. Ricky Flynn of Lynchburg College (Va.) finished second to the top-seeded Kaul with a time of 30:57.71. Kaul also placed third in the 10,000-meter run in 2008, fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2006.

Kaul picked up another All-America mention with his fourth-place time of 14:46.38 in the 5,000-meter run. Peter Kosgei of Hamilton College (N.Y.) won the event with a time of 14:39.03. It was Kaul's first All-America performance in the 5,000-meter run.

Ben Zill (Jr. • New Franken) and James Simms (Jr. • Fedonia) earned All-America status for the second straight year by placing second in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the triple jump with efforts of 52.07 and 49-0 3/4, respectively. Cory Beebe of Salisbury University won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.44, while Chrys Jones of Centre College (Ky.) won the triple jump with a distance of 50-3 1/4. Zill and Simms finished fourth in their respective events a year ago.

UW-Oshkosh tallied another All-America finish when the quartet of Chad Churchill (Jr. • Sheboygan), A.J. Hollanquest (Sr. • Wausau), Dean Jensen (Fr. • De Pere) and Brent Jude (Jr. • Milwaukee) placed fourth in the 400-meter relay with a school-record tying time of 41.19. The University of St. Thomas won the 400-meter relay with a time of 40.76.

UW-Oshkosh's Andrew McGuire (Sr. • Wisconsin Rapids) finished ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:08.71 to just miss earning All-America status.

Also representing UW-Oshkosh at the meet were Jude in the 100-meter dash and Pete Wheiland (So. • Slinger) in the shot put. Churchill, Hollanquest, Zill and Chris Lipke (So. • Wautoma) competed for the Titans in the 1,600-meter relay.

UW-Oshkosh has placed in the top five at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship five times. In addition to this year's first-place listing, the Titans also finished second at the meet in 1990, third in 2003 and fifth in both 1999 and 2000.

The latest NCAA Division III title was the 27th in UW-Oshkosh history. The Titans own eight NCAA Division III championships in women's outdoor track and field, six in women's indoor track and field, four in both men's and women's cross country, two in baseball and one each in women's basketball, men's indoor track and field and men's outdoor track and field.