Tony Baker, a senior from Oshkosh; John Cejka, a sophomore from Wausau; and Pete Delzer, a sophomore from Oconto Falls, will compete in two events each as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh sends 12 athletes to this weekend’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
Competition in the two-day meet begins at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on March 11 and continues at 9 a.m. (ET) on March 12 at the Capital Center on the Capital University campus. The meet features 15 events, with the top eight finishers earning All-America status. The top four teams collect a trophy.
UW Oshkosh, which shared the 2009 NCAA Division III title with UW-La Crosse, finished fourth at last year’s meet with 31 points. The Titans are expected to battle Amherst College, located in Massachusetts, Central College, located in Iowa, defending champion North Central College, located in Illinois, and UW-La Crosse for a top-four finish at this year’s spectacle.
Baker and Delzer are both entered in the 35-pound weight throw and shot put competitions. Baker is seeded seventh in the 35-pound weight throw with a season-best distance of 62-5 3/4 and ninth in the shot put with a mark of 55-0. He earned All-America honors at last year’s meet with a third-place distance of 61-5 in the weight throw. Delzer is ranked fifth in the shot put with a measurement of 55-3 and sixth in the weight throw with a 62-11 1/2 figure.
UW Oshkosh has a third contestant in both the weight throw and shot put with Ben Ludtke, a junior from Lyons, and Nick Baatz, a sophomore from Brownsville. Ludtke is seeded fifth in the weight throw with a distance of 63-1 1/4, while Baatz ranks eighth in the shot put with a mark of 55-1. Bryan Kolacz of Keene State College, located in New Hampshire, is the top seed among 14 weight throw participants with a distance of 65-9. Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Elliott Bulling is the top seed among 13 shot put entrants with a toss of 58-4.
Alan German, a junior from West Bend, will represent the Titans in the pentathlon. He is seeded 12th with 3,496 points. Central College’s Ethan Miller is the top seed among the event’s 12 competitors with 3,876 points.
UW Oshkosh also earned qualifying spots in the 1,600-meter and distance medley relays. Members of the 1,600-meter relay team are John Cejka, a sophomore from Wausau; David Edwards, a senior from Waterford; Chris Lipke, a senior from Wautoma; and Corey Wilch, a freshman from Waukesha. The quartet is seeded seventh with a time of 3:18.29. McMurry University, located in Texas, is the top seed among the event’s 10 entrants with a 3:17.17 mark.
The Titans look to continue their national legacy in the distance medley relay, where they earned All-America status 10 times in the past 11 years. Members of this season’s group are Cejka, Brett DeNure, a sophomore from Monroe; Nate Stymiest, a junior from Oconto Falls; and Ben Wizner, a senior from Onalaska. UWO’s squad is seeded third with a time of 9:55.45. Amherst College is the top seed among the event’s 10 participants with a mark of 9:52.11.
For more information regarding the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship, log on to www.ncaa.com. Highlights of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship will be shown on CBS at 2 p.m. (ET) on April 30.
Kennan Timm, athletic department, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.