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Kroll, Nelson WIAC champs

UW-La Crosse sophomore Maddie Nelson of Hudson competes in the long jump on the first day of the the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at UW-River Falls' Ramer Field Friday afternoon, May 4. Nelson won the conference championship in the long jump to help the La Crosse women win their seventh straight WIAC outdoor title. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Former Raiders Sadie Kroll and Maddie Nelson each won individual titles to help the UW-La Crosse women's track and field team capture its seventh straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Outdoor Championships at UW-River Falls' Ramer Field Friday and Saturday, May 4-5.

Kroll, a senior, won her second straight conference title in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 40.25 seconds. She becomes the eighth runner in conference history to accomplish the feat.

Nelson, a sophomore, took home the long jump title with a leap of 18-feet, 3-inches to become the first student-athlete in school history to win the long jump since Ashton May accomplished the feat in 2010.

Nelson also finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 38-04.25.

The Eagles finished with 228.75 points to claim the league crown while UW-Eau Claire was second with 149.25 and UW-Stevens Point third with 111.75. The UW-La Crosse men won their 28th straight championship with 190 points while UW-Whitewater was second with 155.5 and UW-Platteville was third with 119.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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