UW-Oshkosh outscored the top two teams in the nation by winning the Cardinal Men's Track & Field Opener on Friday (Jan. 18) in Naperville, Ill.
The Titans, ranked third in the NCAA Division III by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, won the nine-team meet with 147 points. Second-ranked UW-La Crosse finished second with 142 points, while top-ranked and meet-host North Central College placed third with 137. NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago took fourth with 82 points and Carthage College fifth with 35.
Two of UW-Oshkosh's three victories came in the throwing events. Nick Baatz (Sr. • Brownsville) won the shot put with a distance of 57-2 3/4, while Pete Delzer (Sr. • Oconto Falls) captured the weight throw with a mark of 63-4. Baatz added a second-place finish in the weight throw with a cast of 59-5 1/2.
Matt Lawrence (Jr. • Plainfield, Ill.) took the remaining UW-Oshkosh victory with his personal-best time of 1:55.33 in the 800-meter run.
John Cejka (Sr. • Wausau) finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 50.23, as did Derek Johnsrud (So. • Fall River) in the 5,000-meter run at 15:18.80. The Titans' remaining second-place result came from Donald Klitz (Sr. • Markesan), who leaped 48-7 1/2 in the triple jump.
John Dewitt (Sr. • Oshkosh) took third in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:45.07, while additional fourth-place finishes went to Erik Hofferber (So. • Neenah) in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:20.14 and John McCann (Jr. • Elroy) in the high jump with a height of 6-7.
The Titans kick off their home schedule by hosting the UW-Oshkosh Invitational next Friday (Jan. 25) in Kolf Sports Center.