The UW-La Crosse track and field teams swept the WIAC Championships Saturday. For the men, it was their 23rd title in a row.
"We scored a lot more points than we were expected to. The pressure was on, so I'm happy it turned out the way it did because now we're champions," UW-L senior David Stilin said.
UW-L's Sean Moyer won the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:52, just ahead of teammate Eric Smits.
"It's great, I mean we had a lot of guys in the finals, so it's pretty cool to have them in the race with me and feed off their energy," Moyer said.
The men's title came down to the wire, though. La Crosse trailed Oshkosh by one point entering the second to last race, the 5,000 meter run. However, UW-L's David Stilin took top honors, and he was followed by teammates Andrew Rohlman, Phil Hernandez and Tom Linner.
"The team was counting on us, and the story, to be able to say the 5K crew was the ones to bring the title back to La Crosse, that's what we wanted to do," Rohlmann said.
"It was pretty incredible," Hernandez said. "This is my fifth year, so it was awesome to go out on top with all my teammates. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed every second of it."
The UW-L women, meanwhile, cruised to their sixth title in seven years.
In the 4x100 relay, the Eagles, anchored by Arcadia grad Maya Vasquez, won with a time of 47.15 seconds. Marissa Mahr won the 400 M Hurdles with a time of 1:02.24, and the Eagles women capped the day in style, winning the 4 x 400 in 3:52.
This is the UW-L women's 28th title in school history, and the men's 49th.