LA CROSSE, Wis. -- No. 3 Wisconsin-La Crosse opened its 2014 outdoor season with a victory in the Ashton May Invitational on Saturday night at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The Eagles finished with 329 team points while Winona State was second with 104 and Wisconsin-Eau Claire third with 103. A total of eight teams competed.
The meet is named for former assistant women's track & field coach Ashton May, who passed away September 17, 2012 after a traffic accident north of Adams, Minnesota.
UW-L won 10 individual titles Saturday as well as one relay. On the track, the Eagles' Jaime Ludwigson captured the 200-meter dash (25.21) and 100 hurdles (14.78). UW-L's Meg Heafy won the 100 dash (12.13) Saturday while Shannon Klein took the 400 dash (57.50) and Mallory Hall the 400 hurdles (1:04.97).
Other winners on the track included Alyssa Luker in the 1,500 run (4:41.03) and Lisa Rydeen in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:56.80). UW-L also captured the 4x400-meter relay with Laura Muzia, Bailey Alston, Maggie Slatter and Courtney Purcell (49.65).
The Eagles had three winners in the field events, including Kayla Ashland in the high jump (5-4 1/4), Alston in the triple jump (37-10 3/4) and Katrina Fuchs tying for first in the pole vault (10-6).
Other top finishes on the track Saturday included Claire Gordee second (14.97) and Erin McCauley third (14.99) in the 100 hurdles; Kayla Anderson second (4:42.39) and Laura Mead third (4:43.62) in the 1,500 run and Rachel Schroeder second (12:11.31) and Madeline Brunner third (12:51.68) in the 3,000 steeplechase.
Claire Elliott was second (25.29) in the 200 dash while Marissa Mahr placed third (1:05.86) in the 400 hurdles. Jenna Halvorson placed third (12.29) in the 100 dash and Rachel Atchison third (2:18.99) in the 800 run.
The Eagles' 4x400-meter relay of Sadie Johnson, Annalise Falck-Pedersen, Elizabeth May and Gordee placed second (4:06.73).
In the field events, Kelly Conner finished second in the discus throw (130-10) and third in the hammer throw (161-6). Ludwigson was second (37-8 1/2) in the triple jump and Alston third (18-4 1/2) in the long jump.
Ashley Alme placed third (10-0) in the pole vault and Alex Crain finished third (118-0) in the javelin throw.