Eau Claire (WQOW) – It was an exciting Memorial Day Weekend for the UW-Eau Claire Men’s Outdoor Track and Field team. The group came home as 2019 Division III National Champions. The Blugolds didn’t just win, they dominated the tournament. Second place MIT were a far thirty points behind UW-Eau Claire when the weekend came to a close.
This was the programs first ever championship.
“You never know if you’re ever going to get one because there are a lot of coaches and teams that are very good,” says head coach Chris Schneider. “I hope that this is one of many, but we know that magnitude and we’re not going to not savor this because it may never happen again.”
Among the Blugolds many contributors was senior David Kornack, who won the shot put national title.
“This is just a rally special group of guys and going in we knew we were capable of doing some pretty special things,” says Kornack. “And as the weekend progressed it became more and more real. I think it finally set in on the bus ride home what we finally did accomplish.”
Another winner – junior Kyler Lueck who is the DIII champion in the 800m.
“We weren’t given it right away, you’re not given a championship from the beginning of the year,” says Lueck. “But you’ve got to hope for it, you’ve got to dream about it a little bit, and then work when it’s time to work; race when it’s time to race.”
And this team went into the weekend with the mindset that everything is done for the whole.
“I’d give up an National Championship Individually for a team championship,” says Lueck. “Being able to do it with your teammates is so much better.”