UW-Oshkosh commences the 2018-19 women's indoor track & field season by hosting the Early Bird Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1) in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh, the winningest Division III women's program in the country, will host three meets during the indoor season in preparation for the conference and national championships. The other two home meets for UW-Oshkosh are the Titan Twilight Invitational on Jan. 18 and the Titan Challenge on Feb. 16.
Last season UW-Oshkosh finished first among seven teams at the Early Bird Invitational and second among 12 squads at the Titan Challenge.
Others programs expected to join UW-Oshkosh in competition at Saturday's Early Bird Invitational are Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
UW-Oshkosh's indoor schedule also includes invitational meets to be held at Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Dec. 7, Carthage College on Jan. 25-26, Ripon College on Feb. 2, UW-Whitewater on Feb. 9 and University of Michigan on Feb. 15.
The Titans then head back to UW-Whitewater for the WIAC Championship on Feb. 22-23 before traveling to final national qualifying meets at Carthage College on March 1 and UW-Stevens Point on March 2.
The indoor season culminates with the NCAA Division III Championship on March 8-9 in Boston, Mass. UW-Oshkosh owns a division-record nine national team titles and seven runner-up finishes.
UW-Oshkosh placed third at last year's WIAC Championship with 89 points and 50th at the Division III Indoor Championship with three points. The Titans have scored at least three points at each of the past 33 Division III Championships.
UW-Oshkosh is seeking its 34th consecutive top-four result at the WIAC Championship. UW-Oshkosh and six-time defending league champion UW-La Crosse are the only programs to claim WIAC Indoor team titles in the past 34 seasons. The Titans have won 13 conference titles, including six in a row from 1988-93 and back-to-back crowns in 1998-99 and 2011-12.
UW-La Crosse won last year's WIAC title with 201.5 points while UW-Eau Claire finished second with 153.5. Rounding out the 2018 league standings were third-place UW-Oshkosh, fourth-place UW-Stout with 67.5 points, fifth-place UW-Stevens Point with 67, sixth-place UW-Whitewater with 51.5, seventh-place UW-Platteville with 23 and eighth-place UW-River Falls with nine.
UW-Oshkosh second-year head coach Justin Kinseth welcomes back 23 letter winners from last year's squad, including a trio of Division III Championship qualifiers in seniors Cheyenne Moore and Lauren Wrensch, and junior Cara Volz.
Moore placed 10th in the 3000-meter run and 13th in the 5,000-meter run at the national meet last season while Wrensch was 11th in the long jump a year ago and Volz finished 15th in the triple jump.
Moore, the reigning WIAC 5,000-meter champion, added a third-place result in the 3,000-meter run at last season's league championship.
Volz, the defending WIAC triple jump champion, also finished third at last year's league meet in the 60-meter hurdles.
Wrensch was fifth in both the long jump and the 200-meter dash at the 2018 WIAC Championship.
UW-Oshkosh captured Division III championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Titans also produced second-place results at the national meet in 1990, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2010 and 2015.