University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Christian Patzka has been named the 2022 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Kwik Trip Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, while UW-La Crosse was selected the Kwik Trip Coaching Staff of the Year, based on voting conducted by the league coaches.
Patzka is the second Warhawk to receive the conference honor, joining David Fassbender (2021). Patzka finished as the individual runner-up at the NCAA Division III Championship. His second-place performance is the highest in school history. He claimed the individual title at the NCAA Division III North Regional with his time of 24:08.4 breaking the course record. Patzka took second at the WIAC Championship and finished no lower than second place in any meet during the 2022 campaign. He won the Concordia University (Wis.) Ken Weidt Classic and UW-Whitewater Tom Hoffman Invitational.
UW-La Crosse won the WIAC Championship for the fifth consecutive season and 37th time in program archives. The Eagles placed second at the NCAA Division III North Regional and eighth at the NCAA Division III Championship. The coaching staff includes: head coach Derek Stanley; and assistant coaches Hannah Beilke and Nathan Petesch.