Athletics News – News – Wisconsin-La Crosse Becomes First School to Sweep NCAA Division 3 Indoor Crowns, Including Record 19th Men’s Title - News - Wisconsin-La Crosse Becomes First School to Sweep NCAA Division 3 Indoor Crowns, Including Record 19th Men's Title

Women’s team captures first championship since 2015 for Eagles, who also prevail by half-point to secure first men’s victory since 2017; Ramapo’s Traore takes down 200 all-time mark, Johns Hopkins’ Kadiri soars to triple jump history and Rochester eclipses 20-year-old women’s 4×400 record

By Erik Boal, DyeStat Editor

Wisconsin-La Crosse had already experienced sharing men’s indoor team titles multiple times in building the most impressive dynasty in NCAA Division 3 track and field history.

The Eagles were willing to share the podium again Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama, only this time, they wanted to be joined by the Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s team.

For the first time at the Division 3 indoor championship meet, one school swept both titles, with Wisconsin-La Crosse capturing its record 19th men’s team crown by a half-point and securing its second women’s victory, the other coming in 2015.


Wisconsin-La Crosse edged Massachusetts Institute of Technology by a 35 to 34.5 margin in the men’s final, with Loras and SUNY Geneseo tying for third with 32 points apiece.

Wisconsin-La Crosse tied North Central for the men’s championship in 2017, its last title before Saturday, and shared the crown in 2009 with Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The Eagles nearly achieved a team sweep in 2015, but Wisconsin-Eau Claire edged Wisconsin-La Crosse in the men’s final by a two-point margin.

Washington University placed second in the women’s championship meet with 54 points, followed by Loras taking third with 40.5 points and Johns Hopkins finishing fourth with 33 points.

There were several division records set, including spectacular sprinting from Cheickna Traore of Ramapo, memorable jumping by Victoria Kadiri of Johns Hopkins and a 20-year-old relay mark being eclipsed by the Rochester women’s 4×400.

Traore became the first male athlete in division history to run under 21 seconds in the 200-meter final, clocking 20.72 to prevail against the previous fastest athlete in Division 3 in Sam Blaskowski of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Traore also elevated to No. 2 all-time in Division 3 by capturing the 400 crown in 46.85.

Blaskowski, the 60-meter record holder, won the dash title in 6.71 and placed runner-up to Traore in the 200 final in 21.16.

Kadiri became the first female athlete in the division to surpass 43 feet in the triple jump indoors or outdoors with her third-round effort of 43-3 (13.18m). Kadiri surpassed the 13-meter mark again in the…

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