Blue Devils compete at UW-La Crosse Eagle Open

The UW-Stout men’s and women’s track & field team completed action at the UWL Eagle Open Sunday night at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. No team scores were recorded.

Brent Heilman won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.90 seconds, then finished third in the 200-meter with a season-best time of 22.04 seconds.

Christian Lucchesi finished second in the pole vault with a season-best height of 16-0.50, finishing ahead of teammate Noah Zastrow on misses. Rpbert Mesenburg and Josh Freyholtz tied for fifth (15-0.75).

Kevin Ruechel was third in the discus (156-3) and set a season-best in the shot put with a fourth place finish (51-11). Spencer Wilhelm was second in the triple jump (43-11.75). Mason Barth was third in the 400-hurdles (57.19).

The 4x400-meter relay team of Lucas Carroll, Cody Lohrenz, Andrew Gilles and Ross Thompson finished first (3:21.74). Thompson was fifth in the 200m (22.08). Walker Olson was fifth in the javelin.

Lydia Meier won the hammer throw (180-1) and Kayla Pabst was third (170-1). Emma Bullard was third in the 200-meter (25.87) and Stephanie Pladies was third in the high jump (5-1.75). Raelin Sorensen was fifth in the high jump (4-11.75) and eighth in the 200m (27.43). Shanna Laehn was fifth in the 200 (26.11). Laehn finished fourth in the 400m (1:05.13).

Davia Clarke was fifth in the 100m (12.67) and Emma Bullard was sixth (12.73).

Beth Wood receives WIAC Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete award

UW-Stout’s Beth Wood has been been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Softball Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wood, a senior from Mineral Point, Wis., is majoring in dietetics and has maintained a 4.00 grade point average. She was named a NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete for the 2016-17 academic year and is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. Wood has received UW-Stout’s Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence numerous semesters and was recently recognized as UW-Stout’s Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year.

A two-year team captain, she secured All-WIAC first team honors this season after receiving honorable mention accolades in 2016 and 2017. Wood received her team’s Most Outstanding Player and Top Offensive Player awards in 2017, and was the team’s Top Defensive Player honoree for the 2016 season.

Wood is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, UW-Stout’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and UW-Stout’s Honors College. She has volunteered as a student assistant to UW-Stout Sports Dietitian, a tour guide for dietetics program and at a community food pantry and homeless shelter. In addition, Wood has served two years as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the College of Education, Hospitality, Health, and Human Sciences.

Wood is the fourth Blue Devil softball player to receive the award, preceded by Angie Pinnow (2001), Megan Donley (2006) and Tori Workman (2016).

Wood was a tri-recipient of the 2018 award along with UW-La Crosse’s Brittany Baldwin and UW-Whitewater’s Mallory Klotz. Baldwin, a 2018 first team All-WIAC pick, has a 3.87 grade point average and is majoring in recreation management. Klotz, a 2018 All-WIAC honorable mention selection, maintains a 3.57 grade point average and is majoring in general business.


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Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at or (715) 279-6721.

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