UW-Whitewater Men Second, Women Eighth at WIAC Outdoor Championships

By Chris Lindeke
Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications and Branding
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Saturday, May 8, 2021


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s track and field teams completed competition Saturday at the two-day Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships presented by Culver’s in River Falls, Wis.

The Warhawk men placed second at the meet for the fifth time in the last six years, totaling 130 points. The women finished eighth with 26 points.

For the women, Abigail Missiaen placed fourth in the heptathlon with 4,368 points. She started the weekend Friday by finishing as runner-up in the javelin throw.

Maddie Keifer posted a mark of 37-01.25 (11.31 meters) in the triple jump to earn a spot on the podium with a sixth-place finish.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Katie McNamara, Abby Giese, Paige Fassbender and Sarah Niehueser finished seventh in 4:08.44.

On the men’s side, David Fassbender picked up his second conference title of the weekend, winning the 5,000-meter run in 14:48.41 just one day after finishing first in the 10,000-meter run. Josh Krystosek placed first in the high jump for his first career conference championship with a height of 6-08.00 (2.03 meters).

Fassbender was joined by two others on the podium in the 5K, including Christian Patzka, who ran a career-best 14:55.22 for an All-WIAC finish of second place. Gunner Schlender placed fourth with a time of 15:03.32.

Lucas Skaaland led a group of three Warhawks on the podium in the triple jump, finishing second with a personal record distance of 48-06.75 (14.80 meters), good for fourth in NCAA Division III. Shelvin Garrett placed sixth with his mark of 46-04.75 (14.14 meters), and Curtis Pfeil scored in his second event of the weekend with an eighth-place finish at 46-04.00 (14.12 meters).

Justin Krause also garnered all-conference accolades with his runner-up finish in the 1,500-meter run. He crossed the finish line in 3:55.15.

The 4×100-meter relay team of Thomas Kelly, Dwayne Ford, Victor Rinaldi and Garrett placed second in 41.27 seconds. Ford also collected an all-conference honor in the 100-meter dash with his time of 10.75, good for third place. He later placed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 22.10 seconds.

Brian Kuehl and Landon Keefover finished fourth in their respective individual events. Kuehl posted a time of 1:55.36, while Keefover registered a 15.16 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Other individual scorers included Quinn Halversen, who finished fifth in the high jump with his height of 6-04.00 (1.93 meters), and Luke Zanis, who placed eighth in the 400-meter dash in 50.15 seconds. Zanis was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that included Will Kaashagen, Oren Henderson-Zintz and Zach Miller. The group finished fifth in 3:20.08.

Following the completion of the meet, Ty Jahnke of the men’s team and Hope Mylin of the women’s team were announced as UW-Whitewater’s representatives on the WIAC Larry Zirgibel All-Sportsmanship Team.

The Warhawks host the John Kruchoski Open next Saturday, May 15, at Rex Foster Track.

See below for UW-Whitewater’s top finishers and top-eight placers in each event.


400-Meter Dash: Katie McNamara – 1;01.15, 13th

800-Meter Run: Paige Fassbender – 2:22.36, 12th

1,500-Meter Run: Ari De La Cerda – 4:59.16, 14th

10,000-Meter Run: Jill Cavanaugh – 41:20.89, 14th

100-Meter Hurdles: Hope Mylin – 16.87, 21st

3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Ari De La Cerda – 11:50.76, 9th

4×400-Meter Relay: McNamara/Giese/Fassbender/Niehueser – 4:08.44, 7th

Pole Vault: Gracie Holland – 12-02.75 (3.73 meters), 2nd

Long Jump: Shelby Nickels – 17-06.00 (5.33 meters), 9th

Triple Jump: Maddie Keifer – 37-01.25 (11.31 meters), 6th

Shot Put: Morgan Huntley – 38-01.50 (11.62 meters), 18th

Javelin Throw: Abigail Missiaen – 126-00 (38.42 meters), 2nd

Heptathlon: Abigail Missiaen – 4,368, 4th


100-Meter Dash: Dwayne Ford – 10.75, 3rd

200-Meter Dash: Dwayne Ford – 22.10, 6th (21.87 in prelims)

400-Meter Dash: Luke Zanis – 50.15, 8th (49.68 in prelims)

800-Meter Run: Brian Kuehl – 1:55.36, 4th

1,500-Meter Run: Justin Krause – 3:55.15, 2nd

5,000-Meter Run: David Fassbender – 14:48.41, 1st; Christian Patzka – 14:55.22, 2nd; Gunner Schlender – 15:03.32, 4th

10,000-Meter Run: David Fassbender – 30:02.44, 1st; Kyle Neuroth – 31:09.74, 5th

110-Meter Hurdles: Landon Keefover – 15.16, 4th (15.14 in prelims)

400-Meter Hurdles: Brody Lippens – 59.30, 13th

3,000-Meter Steeplechase: Christian Patzka – 9:17.92, 2nd; Nate Fox – 9:29.05, 7th

4×100-Meter Relay: Kelly/Ford/Rinaldi/Garrett – 41.27, 2nd

4×400-Meter Relay: Kaashagen/Henderson-Zintz/Miller/Zanis – 3:20.08, 5th

High Jump: Josh Krystosek – 6-08.00 (2.03 meters), 1st; Quinn Halversen – 6-04.00 (1.93 meters), 5th

Pole Vault: Adam Schommer – 15-09.00 (4.80 meters), 2nd

Long Jump: Griffin Gawenda – 22-10.50 (6.97 meters), 3rd

Triple Jump: Lucas Skaaland – 48-06.75 (14.80 meters), 2nd; Shelvin Garrett – 46-04.75 (14.14 meters), 6th; Curtis Pfeil – 46-04.00 (14.12 meters), 8th

Discus Throw: Tommy Morton – 142-06 (43.43 meters), 14th

Shot Put: Daustin Martin – 47-08.50 (14.54 meters), 9th

Hammer Throw: Daustin Martin – 171-06 (52.28 meters), 10th

Javelin Throw: Curtis Pfeil – 170-09 (52.06 meters), 6th

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