The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s track and field teams racked up three individual All-America honors, including one national title, and one relay All-America finish Saturday on the third and final day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Junior Zach Jasinski (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) of the men’s team highlighted the day with his first national championship in the pole vault. He matched his own school record with a height of 17-02.75 (5.25 meters), topping UW-Stout’s Noah Zastrow, who tallied a 16-10.75 (5.15 meters). Jasinski finished as national runner-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March and now has two All-America medals for his career.
Jasinski’s title helped the Warhawk men finish in a tie for 14th place at the meet with 17 points.
UW-Whitewater’s 4×100-meter relay team of freshman Victor Rinaldi (Medford, Wis./Medford), sophomore Dwayne Ford (Racine, Wis./Case), junior Jake Schneider (Plymouth, Wis./Plymouth) and sophomore Tyreik Thomas (Racine, Wis./Case) combined for a third-place finish, four spots ahead of the group’s preliminary finish. The quartet posted a time of 41.13 seconds. Schneider and Ford are now two-time All-Americans for their careers.
Junior Adam Schommer (Freedom, Wis./Freedom) joined Jasinski on the All-America podium with an eighth-place finish, registering a height of 15-07.00 (4.75 meters) on his first attempt. It was his first All-America honor.
On the women’s side, junior Abbie Felton (Burlington, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) earned her seventh career All-America accolade with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash. She collected a time of 56.92 in the race.
Felton’s two points allowed UW-Whitewater to finish in a tie for 66th in the team standings.
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