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Wisconsin-La Crosse finally back on top

2015 Division III Women’s Track and Field

The national outdoor team championship has always been just out of reach for Pat Healy, head women’s track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During his 24-year tenure at the school, he has finished among the top five at the championships 11 times. However, on May 23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, Healy’s team finally triumphed.

“We have been fortunate to have had many good teams in my 24 years at La Crosse and they have done well at nationals, but this group of athletes was special,” Healy said. “This was the most experienced team I have had at a national meet in years and they showed it. It was great to be able to bring our first outdoor trophy in over thirty years home.”

The Eagles won their third national championship in program history – the first two came before Healy’s tenure – with a final score of 73 points, a full 30 points better of second-place finisher University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Eagles also boasted a pair of individual national champions, Bria Halama (triple jump) and Marissa Mahr (400-meter hurdles). Halama broke the meet record with a jump of 12.87 meters (42-2.75).

The Results
2015 Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

1st: Wis.-La Crosse, 73
2nd: Wis.-Eau Claire, 43
3rd: Washington-St. Louis, 39

Elizabeth Weiers, Gust. Adolphus

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