Four teams begin national competition

Men’s track may see five national events

Junior Scott Whirry, sophomore Glen Rogers and senior Rob Voss provisionally have qualified in their respective events. The 4×100-meter relay also met the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Div. III nationals.

Whirry met the provisional qualifying length in the long jump. His 7.6 meter jump at the WIAC conference meet qualified him for nationals.

Voss met the provisional qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 9 minutes, 25.81 seconds, which he ran at the conference meet, put him five seconds ahead of the provisional qualifying time of 9:30.64.

Rogers met the provisional qualifying length in the discus, throwing 47.3 meters in the conference meet. His throw beat the provisional qualifying standard by .20.

The 4×100-meter relay team also met the provisional qualifying standard at the conference meet. Its time of 41.79 was good enough to take second place at the meet.

Two hope to represent women’s track

Junior Kathy Thompson will represent the Blugolds at the NCAA Div. III outdoor track and field championships in Decatur, Ill.

Thompson, who placed first in the event at the WIAC conference meet, met the automatic qualifying standard in the heptathlon. At the conference meet she blew away her competition by nearly 400 points.

Her score of 4,503 greatly exceeded the automatic qualifying standard of 4,328.

Sophomore Karin Diestelmeier, who finished second at conference in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 14.51 seconds provisionally qualified in that event.

She also made the provisional qualifying mark in the 5,000-meter run, in which she finished second at conference with a time of 18:02.26

The Blugolds have three meets remaining before they begin national competition.

National competition will run from May 24-26.

Women’s tennis to represent central region

The Blugolds will host an NCAA central region subregional tournament this weekend at the UW-Stout courts in Menomonie Saturday and Sunday. This is the second consecutive year the Blugolds have qualified for the NCAA team championships.

Luther College (Iowa), Kenyon College (Ohio) and Washington University (Mo.) will join the Blugolds to make up the competition.

The other central region sub-regional is being hosted by Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) and will include UW-La Crosse and DePauw University (Ind.).

The ‘Golds will open the single-elimination tournament against Washington at 11 a.m. with Luther and Kenyon competing at 3 p.m. The winners meet in the second round at noon Sunday.

The champion will advance to the NCAA Division III nationals where it will play the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds May 18-20 at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Women’s golf makes first appearance

The women’s team has qualified for its first NCAA Division III championship. Ten teams and 10 individuals will compete in the second annual championships at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Ill. The four-day, 72-hole championship is hosted by Milliken University.

In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score. A team can consist of four players.

The Blugolds are in their sixth season as a women’s varsity golf team. Also competing in the tournament will be Methodist, N.C.; Rhodes College, Tenn.; Concordia College, Minn.; Franklin College, Ind.; Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas; Hardin-Simmons, Texas; Simpson, Iowa; Baldwin-Wallace, Ohio; and host Milliken.

Sixth year Coach Doug Georgianni’s tournament roster includes, seniors Kelly Harper and Jessica Stinchfield, juniors Katie Hommen and Kristi Moss, and freshman Jennifer Prock.