The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh men’s track and field team took fifth at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships in the two-day meet over the weekend. The Titans finished with earned six All-America nods.
UW Oshkosh sent athletes from eight events to the meet and competed in the finals for seven of those events. Titans broke program records in the distance medley relay, triple jump and heptathlon.
Among the highlights:
- Senior Jonathan Wilburn earned All-America First Team honors in the triple jump with a program record 15.56-meter mark, beating the record he set at the national indoor meet last season (15.49). The national leader in the event for most of the season, Wilburn also set the Division III season best.
- Sophomore Caleb Cornelius finished with a 2.03-meter mark in the high jump, good for All-America Third Team.
- Freshman Aden Sears finished seventh in the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, running the event in 8.52 seconds. Junior RJ Bosshart finished in 8.60 seconds for 18th place. The heptathlon wrapped up with the 1,000-meter run where Bosshart took fourth with a 2:49.89 finish. Sears took 13th place with a finish of 2:56.78. Both were season best times for Bosshart and Sears. In the pole vault, Bosshart took third with a personal season best vault of 4.40 meters. Sears also set a personal season best at 4.10 meters, taking eighth. Sears earned All-America Third Team, scoring a combined 5,156 points and Bosshart scored 4,802 points, good for All-America Eighth Team. Sears’ final score broke the 22-year-old program record by 54 points.
- Senior Eli Tranel earned All-America Third Team honors with a 4.95-meter vault. Sophomore Zach Zirgibel took 10th, vaulting 4.70 meters.
- In the 4×400-meter relay finals, Oshkosh took seventh with a 3:14.68 finish, earning All-America Seventh Team. That relay squad qualified for the finals with a fourth place, 3:14.66 time in the preliminaries, beating their previous season best by more than two seconds.
- The distance medley relay squad was one of nine teams that set the championship record at the meet, also setting the program record. Oshkosh’s squad finished with a program-record 9:52.83, taking ninth place.
Up next: The Titans return for the outdoor season on Saturday April 1 to compete in the UW-Platteville Pioneer Opener and the WashU Invitational.