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2004 UW-Oshkosh Men's Cross Country News

LeRoy Competes At NCAA Championship

UW-Oshkosh's John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh) closed out his cross country career by finishing 129th at the NCAA Division III Championship held Saturday (Nov. 20) at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax.

LeRoy, UW-Oshkosh's lone representative at the national meet, completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:20. It was the fourth appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship for LeRoy, who also finished 53rd in 2003, 55th in 2001 and 72nd in 2000.

Josh Moen of Wartburg College (Iowa) captured the individual title with a time of 24:28, while Neal Holtschulte of Williams College (Mass.) finished second in 24:41, Mike Sawicki of Otterbein College (Ohio) third in 24:43, Ted Turner of State University of New York-Geneseo fourth in 24:44 and Crosby Freeman of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) fifth in 24:48. A total of 215 runners finished the race.

Calvin College (Mich.), placing all five of its scorers in the top 51 individual finishes, counted 107 points to successfully defend its team championship. North Central College (Ill.) finished second with 137 points, while UW-La Crosse placed third with 148, Haverford College (Pa.) fourth with 196 and Willamette University (Ore.) fifth with 209. A total of 24 teams participated in the meet.

LeRoy First, Titans Ninth At NCAA Midwest Regional

John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh) ran to the individual title as the UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team finished ninth at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional held Saturday (Nov. 13) at Credit Island Park in Davenport, Iowa.

UW-La Crosse captured the team championship with 73 points, while North Central College (Ill.) finished second with 99, the University of Chicago (Ill.) third with 128, UW-Stevens Point fourth with 151 and UW-Platteville fifth with 176. All five teams will represent the Midwest Region at next Saturday's (Nov. 20) NCAA Division III Championship in Colfax.

Completing the list of teams finishing in the top 10 at the Midwest Regional were sixth-place Elmhurst College (Ill.) with 192 points, seventh-place Augustana College (Ill.) with 198, eighth-place Washington University (Mo.) with 211, ninth-place and two-time defending champion UW-Oshkosh with 214 and 10th-place Greenville College (Ill.) with 251. A total of 30 teams competed in the meet, with UW-Oshkosh attempting to emerge as qualifier for the NCAA Division III Championship for the 16th time in 17 years.

LeRoy advances to the NCAA Division III Championship after winning the Midwest Regional with an 8,000-meter time of 24:23. Mark LaLonde of UW-Stevens Point finished second with a time of 24:25 and Zach Barr of Monmouth College (Ill.) third in 24:28. In addition to LeRoy and Barr, sixth-place Matt Heintz of Elmhurst College, seventh-place Gary Garcia of UW-Whitewater, ninth-place Greg Reind of Washington University and 12th-place Dave Billings of Ripon College also qualified as individual competitors for the NCAA Division III Championship.

UW-Oshkosh had six other runners at the Midwest Regional, including Willy Kaul (Fr. • Menomonee Falls) who placed 20th with a time of 24:52 to rank as the Titans' second finisher. UW-Oshkosh also had Brandon Lesky (Jr. • Cudahy) finish 55th in 25:28, Nate Boehlke (So. • Sugar Camp) 65th in 25:40, Patrick O'Brien (Fr. • Appleton) 75th in 25:46, Mike Wehrley (Sr. • Verona) 79th in 25:49 and Ryan Richardson (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) 109th in 26:18. A total of 243 runners finished the race. 

Titans To Participate At NCAA Regional

The UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team looks to extend its season by one more week when it competes at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on Saturday (Nov. 13) at Credit Island Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Augustana College (Ill.) is serving as the host institution for an event that is expected to draw about 30 teams from the states of Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The top five squads from the Midwest Regional will advance to the NCAA Division III Championship on Nov. 20 in Colfax.

Teams expected to battle for a finish in the top five are Augustana College, Elmhurst College (Ill.), North Central College (Ill.), University of Chicago (Ill.), UW-La Crosse, two-time defending champion UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point and Washington University (Mo.). All nine teams were ranked in the top 25 of the latest NCAA Division III poll conducted by the Men's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association.

Leading candidates for the individual title are Gary Garcia of UW-Whitewater, John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh) of UW-Oshkosh, Josh Martsolf of Greenville College (Ill.) and Pat Rizzo of North Central College.

Titans Finish Fourth At WIAC Championship

Led by John LeRoy's (Sr. • Oshkosh) second-place individual finish, UW-Oshkosh took fourth place out of nine teams at the WIAC Men's Cross Country Championship held Saturday (Oct. 30) in River Falls.

UW-La Crosse, with all five of its scorers in the top-10 individual finishes, tallied 36 points to claim its 26th WIAC title in school history. UW-Platteville finished second with 82 points, while UW-Stevens Point placed third with 84, two-time defending champion UW-Oshkosh fourth with 85, UW-Eau Claire fifth with 119, UW-Whitewater sixth with 186, UW-River Falls seventh with 196, UW-Stout eighth with 199 and UW-Superior ninth with 234. UW-La Crosse's margin of victory was the largest since 1985.

UW-Whitewater's Gary Garcia captured the individual title by completing the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:14. LeRoy finished second in 25:19, while UW-Platteville's Tyler Sigl placed third in 25:28, UW-Stevens Point's Mark LaLonde fourth in 25:33 and UW-La Crosse's Nate Hoffman fifth in 25:42.

UW-Oshkosh's team scoring was completed by the 13th-place time of 26:02 by Willy Kaul (Fr. • Menomonee Falls), the 24th-place time of 26:39 by Patrick O'Brien (Fr. • Appleton), the 28th-place time of 26:53 by Brandon Lesky (Jr. • Cudahy) and the 29th-place time of 26:53 by Nate Boehlke (So. • Sugar Camp).

The Titans also had Ryan Richardson (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) finish 38th in 27:20, Mike Wehrley (Sr. • Verona) 43rd in 27:27, Mark Johnson (So. • Hartland) 48th in 27:38, Geoff Gundlach (Fr. • Middleton) 54th in 27:49, Brian Kelley (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) 73rd in 28:22, Caleb Roesler (Fr. • New Lisbon) 84th in 28:58 and Kyle Peterson (Fr. • Neenah) 88th in 29:18.

UW-La Crosse's Don Fritsch was voted WIAC Coach of the Year by league coaches.

Titans To Run At WIAC Championship

The UW-La Crosse men and the UW-Stevens Point women are favored to capture team titles at the WIAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Oct. 30) in River Falls. The men's 8,000-meter race starts at 11 a.m. on the UW-River Falls campus, while the women's 6,000-meter race begins at noon.

Expected to provide UW-La Crosse with its stiffest competition in the men's division are UW-Stevens Point and two-time defending champion UW-Oshkosh. UW-La Crosse enters the meet as the third-ranked team in the NCAA Division III by the Men's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association, while UW-Stevens Point was voted sixth and UW-Oshkosh 18th.

Individually, the top contenders are UW-La Crosse's Andy Grupa, UW-Oshkosh's John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh), UW-Stevens Point's Mark LaLonde and UW-Whitewater's Gary Garcia.

Defending champion UW-Stevens Point will receive its strongest challenge in the women's division from UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh. UW-Stevens Point is ranked second in the NCAA Division III by the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association, while UW-Oshkosh is fourth and UW-La Crosse seventh.

UW-Oshkosh's Liz Woodworth (Sr. • Marinette), who won last year's race by 61 seconds, is expected to repeat as individual champion.

Titans Run Against Pointers

The UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team ran against UW-Stevens Point in a non-scoring meet held Friday (Oct. 22) at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne.

Brad Theyerl, running unattached, took individual honors by completing the 8,000-meter course in a time of 26:03. UW-Stevens Point owned the next four finishers as Chris Peterson placed second in 26:52, Greg Sullivan third in 27:01, Justin Andrews fourth in 27:05 and Cory Baumann fifth in 27:23.

UW-Oshkosh, which rested several of its top runners, was led by Caleb Roesler's (Fr. • New Lisbon) sixth-place time of 27:29 and Kyle Peterson's (Fr. • Neenah) eighth-place effort of 27:38.

The Titans also had Geoff Gundlach (Fr. • Middleton) finish 10th in 27:48, Derrick Fameree (Fr. • Algoma) 14th in 28:31, Alan Smith (Fr. • Rhinelander) 15th in 28:46 and Scott Michel (Fr. • Waupaca) 22nd in 31:35.

UW-Oshkosh returns to action on Oct. 30 when it competes at the WIAC Championship in River Falls. The Titans enter the league meet as the two-time defending champion.

Titans Finish Fifth At UW-Oshkosh Hammer Strength Invitational

John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh) finished eighth and Willy Kaul (Fr. • Menomonee Falls) 14th in the individual competition to help the UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team to a fifth-place standing at the UW-Oshkosh Hammer Strength Invitational held Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne.

Calvin College (Mich.), the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III by the Men's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association, put five runners in the top 10 individual finishes to win the meet with 30 points. 15th-ranked Carleton College (Minn.) was second with 80 points and 19th-ranked Augustana College (Ill.) third with 90.

The eight-team event also had fourth-ranked UW-Stevens Point finish fourth with 95 points, 14th-ranked UW-Oshkosh fifth with 122, Elmhurst College (Ill.) sixth with 128, Carthage College seventh with 172 and NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay eighth with 203.

Former UW-Oshkosh standout Matt Thull took the individual title after completing the 8,000-meter course in a time of 24:48. UW-Stevens Point's Mark LaLonde finished second in 24:50 and Carleton College's Dan Bucy third in 24:51.

LeRoy led UW-Oshkosh by placing eighth with a time of 25:06, while Kaul finished 14th in 25:26. UW-Oshkosh's scoring was completed by the 41st-place time of 26:13 by Brandon Lesky (Jr. • Cudahy), the 42nd-place time of 26:15 by Patrick O'Brien (Fr. • Appleton) and the 44th-place time of 26:18 by Nate Boehlke (So. • Sugar Camp).

The Titans also had three other runners finish in the top 65 as Ryan Richardson (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) placed 46th in 26:22, Mark Johnson (So. • Hartland) 51st in 26:27 and Kirk DeWindt (Jr. • Green Bay) 65th in 26:44. A total of 146 runners completed the race.

Titans To Host UW-Oshkosh Invitational

Five of the top 19 men's and two of the top four women's cross country teams in the NCAA Division III will run at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne on Saturday as UW-Oshkosh hosts its only invitational of the 2004 season.

The 8,000-meter men's race, which starts at 10:45 a.m., features top-ranked Calvin College (Mich.), fourth-ranked UW-Stevens Point, 14th-ranked UW-Oshkosh, 15th-ranked Carleton College (Minn.) and 19th-ranked Augustana College (Ill.). Carthage College, Elmhurst College (Ill.) and NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay will also compete in the meet.

The women's 5,000-meter race, which begins at 11:30 a.m., features second-ranked UW-Stevens Point and fourth-ranked UW-Oshkosh. Calvin College, North Central College and NCAA Division I UW-Green Bay will also participate in the event.

Wehrley, Titans Capture Carthage College Invitational Titles

Mike Wehrley (Sr. • Verona) ran to the individual title to lead the UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team to a first-place finish at the Carthage College Invitational held Saturday (Oct. 9) in Kenosha.

UW-Oshkosh took the team championship with 22 points, while Carthage College finished second with 49 points, Illinois Tech third with 76, Northland College fourth with 105 and Edgewood College fifth with 130.

UW-Oshkosh had all five of its scorers in the top nine individual finishes, including Wehrley who completed the 8,000-meter course in a winning time of 27:00. The Titans also had Ryan Richardson (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) finish fourth in 27:49, Mark Johnson (So. • Hartland) fifth in 27:58, Geoff Gundlach (Fr. • Middleton) seventh in 28:15 and Alex Sleaper (Fr. • Hartland) ninth in 28:37.

Other UW-Oshkosh runners in the meet were Alan Smith (Fr. • Rhinelander), who finished 11th in 28:51, Derrick Fameree (Fr. • Algoma), who finished 17th in 29:22, Caleb Roesler (Fr. • New Lisbon), who finished 18th in 29:24, Kyle Peterson (Fr. • Neenah), who finished 20th in 29:28, and Brian Kelley (So. • Winnebago, Ill.), who finished 21st in 29:29. A total of 58 runners finished the race.

Titans Finish 10th At Notre Dame Invitational

The UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team ran to a 10th-place finish in the Gold Division of the Notre Dame Invitational held Friday (Oct. 1) at the Burke Memorial Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Host University of Notre Dame finished first in its own 26-team event with 85 points, while the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) placed second with 93 points, Calvin College (Mich.) third with 96, North Central College (Ill.) fourth with 96 and Duquesne University (Pa.) fifth with 133. UW-Oshkosh finished 10th with 350 points.

Willy Kaul (Fr. • Menomonee Falls) was the top UW-Oshkosh finisher. Kaul completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:29 to finish 29th. He was the third freshman to finish the race.

UW-Oshkosh had its team scoring completed by the 62nd-place time of 25:58 by Patrick O'Brien (Fr. • Appleton), 75th-place time of 26:07 by Nate Boehlke (So. • Sugar Camp), 84th-place time of 26:15 of John LeRoy (Sr. • Oshkosh) and 105th-place time of 26:38 of Brandon Lesky (Jr. • Cudahy).

The Titans also had Mike Wehrley (Sr. • Verona) finish 112th in 26:49, Ryan Richardson (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) 124th in 27:03, Brian Kelley (So. • Winnebago, Ill.) 157th in 27:39 and Mark Johnson (So. • Hartland) 167th in 27:50. A total of 216 runners finished the race.

Cristiano Maurico of the University of Windsor took the individual title with a time of 24:30, while Mark LaLonde of UW-Stevens Point finished second in 24:41 and Matt Tyrrell of Idaho State University third in 24:48.

Titans Place Second In JV Division Of UW-Eau Claire Invitational

With nine of their teammates competing at the Notre Dame Invitational earlier in the day, the remaining members of the UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team finished second in the Junior Varsity Division of the UW-Eau Claire Invitational held Friday (Oct. 1) at the White Tail Golf Course in Colfax.

UW-La Crosse, which swept the top six individual finishes, claimed the team title with a perfect score of 15 points. UW-Oshkosh finished second in the 12-team meet with 84 points, while St. Olaf College (Minn.) finished third with 97 points, Macalester College (Minn.) fourth with 98 and UW-River Falls fifth with 159.

UW-Oshkosh had three runners finish in the top 14 individual listings as Kyle Peterson (Fr. • Neenah) placed 11th with a time of 28:09, Geoff Gundlach (Fr. • Middleton) 13th in 28:13 and Alex Sleaper (Fr. • Hartland) 14th in 28:14. Kevin Oelstrom of UW-La Crosse won the 8,000-meter race with a time of 26:55.

The Titans also had Caleb Roesler (Fr. • New Lisbon) finish 21st in 28:37, Derrick Fameree (Fr. • Algoma) 25th in 28:46, Alan Smith (Fr. • Rhinelander) 38th in 29:06 and Scott Michel (Fr. • Waupaca) 45th in 29:17. A total of 118 runners finished the race.

Freshmen Lead Titans In Season Opener

Five freshmen accounted for all of the scoring as the UW-Oshkosh men's cross country team finished 17th at the Midwest Collegiate Championship held Saturday (Sept. 18) in Kenosha. The event opened the 2004 season for the Titans.

NCAA Division I Iowa State University finished first in the team rankings with 41 points, while NCAA Division III North Central College (Ill.) placed second with 108 points and NCAA Division II Edinboro University (Pa.) third with 111. UW-Oshkosh finished 17th in the 29-team event with 569 points.

Alex Sleaper (Fr. • Hartland) led UW-Oshkosh by completing the 8,000-meter course in a 151st-place time of 28:36. The Titans also had Geoff Gundlach (Fr. • Middleton) finish 156th in 28:44, Caleb Roesler (Fr. • New Lisbon) 186th in 29:14, Alan Smith (Fr. • Rhinelander) 227th in 30:05 and Derrick Fameree (Fr. • Algoma) 229th in 30:06 to complete their scoring.

UW-Oshkosh had two other competitors in the race, Kyle Peterson (Fr. • Neenah), who finished 241st in 30:24, and Scott Michel (Fr. • Waupaca), who placed 314th in 33:33. Grant Shadden of Iowa State University captured the meet's individual title with a time of 24:53. A total of 369 runners finished the race.