LA CROSSE, Wis. - Emotions ran high at UW-La Crosse's first outdoor track and field event of the season: the Ashton May Invitational.
The event is named in honor of the former Eagles all-American, who later became an assistant coach at UW-L and taught at Holmen Middle school. She died in a car crash in September.
A ceremony was held before Saturday's events began, in which Women's Track and Field Coach Pat Healy spoke. A video presentation was shown.
Once the events began, many eyes were on the women's long jump, one of May's best events. Bailey Alston, who May took under her wing as an assistant coach, placed second.
"It felt great," Alston said. "Even though it started to rain, how can you not be happy when you know you're jumping in Ashton May's pits? Whenever you hear her name, or whenever I'm jumping, I just get the chills. It's a feeling I can't explain but it's a truly great feeling. I love it."19651206
The UW-La Crosse women placed second overall as a team, edging UW-Eau Claire by 72 points. The men fell five points behind first place UW-Platteville.