On the back of the UW-La Crosse men's track and field team's t-shirts, there's a picture of the bluffs.
"It's our tradition," Head Coach Josh Buchholtz said. "The city of La Crosse, the bluffs, everything around you, they got your back."
On Saturday, they did. Literally.
At its home stadium, UW-La Crosse won its 12th outdoor track and field national title, and its first since 2007.
"It's something special," Buchholtz said. "It's great, and then to celebrate with the city of La Crosse, with our community, all the alums, the friends, the family here, it's beyond me."
The scores came down to the wire. UW-L, Oshkosh and Eau Claire were all within striking distance entering the final event: the 1600 relay. The Blugolds came in first, while La Crosse came in fourth, but it was just enough for UW-L to top Eau Claire by two points, 66-64.
"It's about as cool as it gets," senior David Stilin said. "It's the whole cake. Home crowd, home turf to defend."
Other Eagles highlights include a fourth place finish in the 400 meter relay. Sean Royer finished second in the 800 meter run.
"It's awesome," senior Isaac Vazquez said, who finished second in the Triple Jump Saturday. "It's nice because we can walk two blocks home and go to sleep!"
After beginning the day in 17th place, the Eagles women finished fifth overall, eight points behind first-place Wartburg.
UW-L won the 400 meter relay in 45.98 seconds, a new stadium record. The Eagles also won the 1600 meter relay.
For a complete list of results, click here.