The UW Oshkosh Athletics Hall of Fame increases its membership to 241 when a group of 10 men and women are inducted Oct. 1.
The 49th induction class features former student-athletes Holly (Ozanich) Cappelle (women’s track and field), Ann Marie (Fink) Caruso (women’s track and field), David Christman (baseball), Natalie DeMichei (women’s basketball), Mike Gasper (baseball), Chris Hansman (men’s swimming and diving), Derek Kasten (men’s soccer), Nate Wara (football), Kerrie (Main) Washburn (women’s track and field) and Jen Young (women’s golf).
The ceremony for the new inductees will be held at the Culver Family Welcome Center, 625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh. The event includes a social at 9:15 a.m., breakfast at 10 a.m. and program at 10:45 a.m. Michael Patton, the public address voice of the Titans, will emcee the event.
Tickets for the induction ceremony are $25 (aged 5 and older) and will be available for purchase in September on the UW Oshkosh Athletics website. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the event.
This year’s induction class will also be recognized at halftime of UWO’s football game against UW-Whitewater on Sept. 30, at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium. Kickoff for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) contest is 1:05 p.m.
Holly (Ozanich) Cappelle
A five-time national champion and nine-time All-American, Holly (Ozanich) Cappelle enjoyed a very decorated career while competing for the UW Oshkosh women’s track and field program from 2008-11.
Cappelle’s final season as a Titan was her finest. She captured seven individual titles as UWO won both the WIAC and NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor championships.
Cappelle was named the Outstanding Field Performer at the 2011 WIAC Indoor Championship after winning both the shot put and 20-pound weight throw. She won both of those events two weeks later as UWO registered its seventh Division III indoor title in program history.
Cappelle and the Titans continued their success during the 2011 outdoor season. Cappelle won both the hammer throw and shot put at the WIAC Championship before winning the hammer throw and placing second in the shot put at the Division III Championship. Cappelle’s national performance helped UWO achieve its ninth Division III outdoor title.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association presented Cappelle with three major awards during the 2011 season – Division III Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Division III Midwest Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and Division III Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. She also was named the 2011 Division III Track and Field winner of the Collegiate Women’s Sports Award.
Cappelle earned a pair of Division III national titles in 2010 by winning the indoor 20-pound weight throw and the outdoor hammer throw. She also placed second nationally in the indoor 20-pound weight throw in 2009 and third in the indoor and fourth in the outdoor shot put in 2010.
Cappelle accumulated seven WIAC titles, including three consecutive victories in the outdoor shot put. The other conference titles for the seven-time WIAC Athlete of the Week selection were in the 2010 indoor 20-pound weight throw and the 2009 and 2010 outdoor shot put.
Cappelle, a Green Bay East High School graduate, currently owns the outdoor hammer throw record for both UWO and the WIAC. She set the standard with a cast of 200-0 at the 2011 Division III Championship.
Cappelle was outstanding in the classroom as well. She was named the 2010 USTFCCCA Division III Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2011 WIAC Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2011 UWO John Taylor Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The College Sports Communicators selected the four-time WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll member to its Academic All-America Team in both 2010 and 2011.
Cappelle, who appeared in the Faces in the Crowd section of the March 21, 2011, issue of Sports Illustrated, was selected to the WIAC All-Centennial Women’s Track and Field Team in 2012.
Cappelle earned a bachelor’s degree from UWO in 2012 and a master’s degree from UW-Superior in 2021. She teaches science as well as serving as an assistant track and field and girls’ basketball coach at Green Bay Preble High School.
Cappelle lives in De Pere with husband Charles and son Jackson.
Ann Marie (Fink) Caruso
Ann Marie (Fink) Caruso, a two-time national champion and seven-time All-American, was involved in several notable firsts for the UW Oshkosh women’s track and field program.
In 1989, Caruso became the first national champion in UW Oshkosh history when she won the long jump with a school-record leap of 19-2 1/4 at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in Naperville, Illinois. Her performance from that meet held as a school record until 1997.
In 1990, Caruso was again a part of UWO history. This time, Caruso, along with teammates Dena Beekman, Kim Bemowski and Tina Partoll, captured the school’s first national relay title with their winning time of 3:56.50 for 1,600 meters at Division III Indoor Championship in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Caruso, a Mayville High School graduate, competed for the Titans from 1987-90 and concluded her career as an eight-time WIAC champion. She also was a member of one national and six conference championship teams.
UWO won the first of its 18 national women’s track and field team titles at the 1990 Division III Outdoor Championship in Naperville, Illinois. Caruso finished fifth in the 1,600-meter relay and eighth in both the long jump and 400-meter hurdles to help the Titans win the meet with 75 points.
Caruso also played a huge role in helping UWO win both the WIAC indoor and outdoor titles from 1988-1990. The 1988 indoor and outdoor conference championships were the first in program history.
Caruso’s All-America awards conclude with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1989 Division III Outdoor and a sixth-place finish in the long jump at the 1990 Division III Indoor championships.
Caruso won all three of her WIAC indoor titles in 1990. She accomplished the feat with victories in the 600-meter run, long jump and 1,600-meter relay.
Caruso ran to WIAC outdoor titles in the 400-meter hurdles from 1987-90. She also took first place in the outdoor long jump in 1989 and 1990.
Caruso, who held the Titans’ outdoor 400-meter hurdles record of 1:02.38 from 1990-2016, was named the 1990 UWO John Taylor Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also was selected to the WIAC All-Centennial Women’s Track and Field Team in 2012.
Caruso earned a bachelor’s degree from UWO in 1991. Since 2021, she has been a special education technician and volunteer track and field coach at Gorham Middle School in Gorham, Maine.
Caruso and husband Travis live in Gorham and are the parents of daughters Megan, Alyvia and Camryn. Alyvia is a member of the track and field team at Division I University of Rhode Island.
David Christman was a two-time All-America pitcher who helped the UW Oshkosh baseball program to one World Series appearance, four district titles, four conference championships and an 87-39 record from 1968-71.
The left-handed throwing Christman pitched in 33 career games for the Titans and compiled a 17-8 record with 170 strikeouts and a 2.65 earned run average across 200.2 innings. He also tallied 18 hits among his 79 career at-bats, including four doubles and two home runs.
Christman pitched in six games during the 1968 season and posted a 3-1 record with 29 strikeouts and a 1.68 earned run average in 32 innings of work.
The following year Christman received All-WIAC First Team, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-District 14 First Team and NAIA All-America Honorable Mention recognition after totaling a 6-1 record with 44 strikeouts and a 1.29 earned run average during a team-leading 56 innings pitched.
Christman repeated as an All-WIAC First Team, NAIA All-District 14 First Team and NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selection in 1970. He registered a 5-2 record that season with 46 strikeouts and a 2.37 earned run average through a team-leading 53 innings of duty. Christman also hit .364 with one home run, one double and six runs batted in during 22 at-bats.
In 1971, Christman and the Titans compiled a 24-16 record and captured their fourth straight WIAC and NAIA District 14 championships. UWO then won the NAIA Area IV title to advance to the World Series in Phoenix, Ariz., where they finished fifth. Christman etched a 3-4 record that season with 51 strikeouts and a 5.13 earned run average during 59.2 innings pitched.
Christman, a Racine Park High School graduate, was the winning pitcher in several big games for the Titans. He scattered five hits during UWO’s 5-3 victory over St. Norbert College in the championship game of the 1968 NAIA District 14 Tournament and pitched a three-hit shutout during the Titans’ 6-0 triumph over Milton College in the championship contest of the 1969 NAIA District 14 Tournament.
Christman additionally pitched all 14 innings during UWO’s 3-1 victory over National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I University of South Alabama in 1969 and was the winning pitcher during the Titans’ 8-4 triumph over Division I University of Wisconsin in 1970.
Following his collegiate career, Christman went on to earn several awards while playing semi-professional baseball for the Green Bay Blue Ribbons and the Oshkosh Giants of the Wisconsin State League from 1971-79. In 1971, Christman established a Wisconsin State League record by striking out 24 batters during a nine-inning contest.
Christman was a distinguished mathematics teacher in the Oshkosh Area School District from 1971-2005. He also coached the varsity baseball team at Oshkosh West High School to a 14-6 record in 1975 and the school’s varsity softball team to a 280-180 mark from 1988-2009.
Christman enjoyed a great deal of success coaching the Oshkosh West softball program. The Wildcats won Fox Valley Association titles in 1990, 2001 and 2003 while advancing to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament six times, including the 1989 season when they finished second in Division A.
Christman, who graduated from UWO in 1971 and earned his master’s degree from the school in 1985, was inducted into the Wisconsin State League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Oshkosh West High School Hall of Fame in 2018.
Christman is retired and lives in Oshkosh with wife Gail. They are the parents of son Brian and daughter Kathryn.
Appearing on the court in all but one of UW Oshkosh’s 106 games from 1992-95, Natalie DeMichei accumulated a career that ranks among the finest in the history of the school’s women’s basketball program.
DeMichei was a forward for the Titans and totaled 1,453 career points while shooting 56 percent from the field and 61.4 from the free throw line. DeMichei additionally compiled 704 rebounds, 118 steals, 95 assists and 37 blocked shots for a UWO team that achieved an 86-19 record with her as a game participant.
DeMichei, who is the only Titan to average 12.9 points or better during each of her four seasons, ranks third in UWO history in both career scoring and rebounding. She currently ranks seventh in the WIAC in career field goal percentage and 21st in scoring.
DeMichei led UWO in scoring during the 1992, 1993 and 1994 seasons while pacing the WIAC in field goal percentage in 1992 and 1995.
DeMichei’s stellar performance on the court helped UWO become a nationally recognized program. The Titans captured WIAC championships and participated in the NCAA Division III tournament during each of the 1992, 1994 and 1995 seasons.
In 1992, DeMichei collected All-WIAC honorable mention recognition by averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. The Titans shared the conference title with UW-Eau Claire before suffering an 83-81 loss to the Blugolds in the first round of the Division III Championship. DeMichei helped UWO to an 16-8 record and a third-place finish in the WIAC the following year by averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
In 1994, DeMichei and the Titans tallied a 24-3 record and won the WIAC title outright while advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Division III Championship. DeMichei picked up Division III All-Great Lakes Region and All-WIAC First Team accolades after averaging 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. She counted 17 points and 10 rebounds during UWO’s 67-43 victory over Division II University of South Dakota and a career-high 35 points and 14 rebounds during the Titans’ 77-50 win over UW-Stout.
DeMichei, a Crivitz High School graduate, helped UWO to an even better season in 1995. The Titans opened the year with 17 straight wins and concluded the campaign with a 28-3 record, a share of the WIAC title and an appearance in the Division III national championship game.
DeMichei averaged 13.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 61.8 percent from the field in 1995 to collect All-WIAC First Team, Division III All-Great Lakes Region First Team and Division III All-America Honorable Mention recognition. She totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds during UWO’s 86-80 victory over UW-Eau Claire in the national quarterfinal, 15 points and eight rebounds during the Titans’ 82-69 win over Salem State College (Mass.) in the national semifinal and 19 points and 12 rebounds during UWO’s 59-55 loss to Capital University (Ohio) in the national championship contest.
DeMichei has been an English teacher at Menasha High School since 2000. She enters her second season as the school’s head varsity girls’ basketball coach after guiding the Bluejays to a 17-9 record last winter.
DeMichei, a 1996 UWO graduate, and husband Austin Bilke live in Menasha with their daughters Miracle and Aria and son Kinley.
Mike Gasper, who received All-America Third Team honors when UW Oshkosh won the 1994 NCAA Division III Baseball World Series, enjoyed a wealth of success while pitching for the Titans.
Gasper, a right-handed thrower, helped UW Oshkosh to one national title, four World Series appearances, four regional titles, four conference championships and a 132-42 record from 1991-94.
The Sparta High School graduate pitched in 44 contests during his UWO career and compiled a 24-8 record with eight shutouts, 23 complete games, 128 strikeouts and a 2.63 earned run average across 236.1 innings. He currently shares the WIAC record for career shutouts while ranking fourth in the league in complete games and 10th in victories.
Gasper pitched in 10 NCAA tournament games and tallied a 3-3 record with 33 strikeouts and a 2.77 earned run average in 58.1 innings. He scattered 10 hits while pitching a nine-inning shutout during UWO’s 5-0 victory over Ithaca College (N.Y.) in the 1991 Division III World Series and allowed just two hits while pitching a nine-inning shutout during the Titans’ 6-0 win over Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the 1993 Division III Midwest Regional.
Gasper was a major contributor to the UWO baseball program right from the start. In 1991, he helped the Titans to a 27-15 record and a third-place World Series finish by totaling a 6-3 record with three shutouts, 26 strikeouts and a 3.73 earned average in 72.1 innings pitched.
The following year, Gasper helped UWO to a 36-8 record and a fifth-place World Series finishing by accumulating a 6-3 record with two shutouts, 33 strikeouts and a 3.05 earned average in 62 innings of duty. Gasper pitched 20.1 consecutive scoreless innings over a five-game span that season, including three against Division I University of Arkansas to earn the save.
Gasper, who was named to the Division III All-Midwest Region Second Team in 1991 and Division III All-Midwest Region First Team in 1992, received All-WIAC South Division Honorable Mention recognition in 1993 when UWO registered a 28-15 record and finished second in the World Series. Gasper tallied a 4-2 record that season with one shutout, 24 strikeouts and a 2.55 earned run average in 42.1 innings pitched.
In 1994, Gasper helped UWO to its 15th WIAC championship in 16 seasons, fifth straight Division III regional title and second Division III national title in program history. The Titans additionally compiled a 41-4 record, including a 6-2 victory over Wesleyan University (Conn.) in the national championship game. Gasper earned All-WIAC South Division First Team, Division III All-Midwest Region First Team and Division III All-America Third Team honors that year after posting an 8-0 record with two shutouts, 45 strikeouts and a nation-leading 0.90 earned run average in 59.2 innings pitched.
Gasper, who received Academic All-America First Team honors from the College Sports Communicators in 1994, graduated from UWO in 1995 and earned his master’s degree from the school in 2009.
Gasper served as an assistant baseball coach at UWO in 1995 and again from 1999-2006. The Titans compiled a 274-91-1 record during those nine seasons, including a third-place finish in 1999 and a fifth-place finish in 2003 at the Division III World Series.
Gasper held a variety of accounting and financial analyst positions with Schneider National in Green Bay, Jostens in Bloomington, Minn., and UWO before being named the Academic Budget Planner at UW-La Crosse in 2010.
The 2015 Sparta High School Wall of Fame inductee was living in West Salem and serving as the Purchasing Director at UW-La Crosse prior to his unexpected passing in April 2022.
Gasper is survived by wife Amanda and daughters Emma and Averie and son Colton.
A six-time All-American and seven-time league champion, Chris Hansman established a diving resume that ranks among the finest in WIAC history.
Hansman, a Neenah High School graduate, performed for the UW Oshkosh men’s swimming and diving team during the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons after competing for UW-Stevens Point in 2001.
Hansman helped UW-Stevens Point to the 2001 WIAC title after taking first place off the three-meter diving board and third off the one-meter plank at the league championship. He also earned All-America honors with his 14th-place finish in the three-meter diving at the NCAA Division III Championship.
Hansman transferred to UWO the following season and claimed WIAC one- and three-meter diving titles for the Titans while collecting All-America recognition with his fifth-place finish in the three-meter bracket at the Division III Championship.
In 2003, Hansman was named Diver of the Meet at the WIAC Championship after winning the one- and three-meter events with scores of 464.75 and 480.55, respectively. He also placed seventh in the three- and eighth in the one-meter diving categories to pick up All-America accolades at the Division III Championship.
Hansman repeated as Diver of the Meet at the 2004 WIAC Championship. He won the one-meter event with a score of 485.70 and the three-meter classification with a result of 508.45. Hansman additionally acquired a pair of All-America awards by finishing fourth in the three- and 13th in the one-meter diving competitions at the Division III Championship.
Hansman, a nine-time WIAC Athlete of the Week award winner, helped UWO finish 25th in the team standings at the 2002 Division III Championship, 22nd in 2003 and 18th in 2004.
Hansman was selected to the WIAC Men’s Swimming and Diving All-Centennial Team in 2012. He is currently one of only three athletes to win the WIAC three-meter diving title four times and one of only seven athletes to capture the league’s one-meter diving championship on three occasions.
Hansman went into coaching during the 2004-05 season and worked with the divers at both UWO and Oshkosh North High School. He then served as the head men’s and women’s diving coach at the University of South Dakota from 2006-09 and again from 2011-14. Hansman was named the Division II Diving Coach of the Year in 2008 and the North Central Conference Diving Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2008.
Hansman earned a bachelor’s degree from UWO in 2004 and a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2007. Following employment positions for Pearson Education and TinkRworks, Inc., Hansman currently works as a regional sales manager for Satchel Pulse.
Hansman and wife Sara live in Neenah with their daughter Sydney and sons Steve, Chase and Ryan.
One of only two All-America First Team award winners in the glorious 32-year history of the UWO men’s soccer program, Derek Kasten produced an impressive three-year career while playing for the Titans from 2001-03.
Kasten, a forward, was a starter in 57 of the 59 UWO matches he participated in. The Whitnall High School graduate concluded his career with 42 goals, 25 assists and 109 points. He currently ranks third in UWO history in both career goals and points.
Kasten, who also owns 14 career match-winning goals, helped the Titans to a remarkable 50-8-2 record and three NCAA Division III postseason appearances.
Kasten played his first collegiate soccer season at Division I UW-Milwaukee in 2000. Kasten started one of the 10 contests he appeared in for the Panthers and totaled two goals, one assist and five points. He had the match-ending goal during UW-Milwaukee’s 1-0 double-overtime victory over the University of Detroit Mercy.
Kasten then transferred to UWO for the 2001 season. His impact with the Titans was felt immediately as he tallied seven goals, five assists, 19 points and two match-winning scores. Kasten’s performance helped UWO to a 16-3 record and an appearance in the second round of the Division III Championship.
Kasten collected Division III All-Central Region First Team honors in 2002 after leading the Titans with his 15 goals, five assists, 35 points and five match-winning goals. He sent a pair of shots into the goal during UWO victories over Marian University, Edgewood College, UW-Whitewater and St. Norbert College. UWO concluded the 2002 season with a 13-4-2 record and an appearance in the second round of the Division III Championship.
The 2003 season for both Kasten and UWO was an exceptionally memorable one. The Titans opened the season with 21 straight victories before suffering a 3-2 loss to Trinity University (Texas) in the semifinal round of the Division III Championship. Kasten received Division III All-Central Region First Team and All-America First Team honors after pacing UWO with his 20 goals, 15 assists and 55 points.
Kasten had a team-best seven match-winning goals in 2003, including the decisive score in the final regulation minute of UWO’s 1-0 victory over Wheaton College in the third round of the Division III Championship. Kasten’s goal was also an historic one as it was the 1,000th score in UWO history.
Kasten’s final season as a Titan also included a pair of goals in UWO victories over St. Norbert College, Edgewood College, Calvin University, UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville.
Kasten, a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll, was selected to the league’s All-Centennial Men’s Soccer Team in 2012.
Following his graduation from UWO in 2004, Kasten played soccer for the A-League Milwaukee Wave United, the Croatian Eagles Soccer Club and FC Indiana.
Kasten is a 2007 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic (Iowa) and has been a chiropractor for the past 15 years. He is currently the owner of One Love Chiropractic in Asheville, N.C. Kasten, who was named one of the 2016 winners of the Asheville Top 40 Under 40 Award, has been selected as one of the best chiropractors in Western North Carolina by the Mountain Express for the past nine years.
Kasten, who founded and directed the Kicks 4 Kids Charity Soccer Tournament to support children with developmental disabilities, lives in Fairview, N.C., with wife Casey, daughter Layla and sons Tate and Lennon.
Nate Wara grew up in Oshkosh and enjoyed an outstanding career playing multiple sports at North High School. He received several scholarship offers during the course of his senior year to play collegiate athletics but turned them down to attend his hometown university and play football for head coach Pat Cerroni and the Titans.
What Wara went on to do for UWO on the football field from 2009-12 was extremely amazing. The dual-threat performer established numerous school records and earned several conference and national accolades while starting all 44 games for the Titans at quarterback.
Wara helped UWO to a 28-16 record, including a 13-1 mark in 2012 when the Titans won their first WIAC title since 1976 and advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship during the program’s inaugural postseason appearance.
Wara completed 750 of 1,161 career passes for 8,881 yards and 80 touchdowns. The six-time WIAC Athlete of the Week selection also carried the football 581 times during his career for an additional 2,321 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Wara currently ranks third in the WIAC in career total yards (11,202), fourth in passing efficiency (147.80), fifth in pass completions and sixth in passing touchdowns. In UWO’s career listings, Wara ranks first in pass completion percentage (64.1), pass attempts and pass completions; second in both passing efficiency and total yards; and third in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Wara received All-WIAC Second Team and Division III All-West Region Third Team honors in 2010 after throwing for 2,135 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushing for 555 yards and five scores. The following season he collected an All-WIAC Second Team accolades after passing for 1,838 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 605 yards and three scores.
UW Oshkosh’s treasured 2012 season was also Wara’s best. He was named the WIAC Player of the Year, Division III West Region Offensive Player of the Year, Division III Offensive Player of the Year, Division III Jim Ballard Quarterback of the Year as well as a Gagliardi Trophy finalist after compiling 3,311 yards and 30 touchdowns passing and 740 yards and 10 scores rushing. Wara’s performance that year helped the Titans defeat three-time defending national champion and fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater during the regular season and third-ranked Linfield College in the postseason.
Wara, who guided UWO to a 15-game winning streak across the 2011 and 2012 seasons, came up big in nearly every game he played in.
Wara counted 293 yards and a career-best five touchdowns passing and 72 yards rushing during UWO’s 41-14 victory over UW-Platteville in 2010. He led the Titans to a pair of wins over UW-Stout the following year by totaling 172 yards and two touchdowns passing and a career-best 185 yards and two scores rushing during a 56-10 victory while passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns in a season-ending 35-3 triumph.
In 2012, Wara accumulated 275 yards and four touchdowns passing and 118 yards and two scores rushing during UWO’s 47-28 season-opening victory over Central College (Iowa). Later that season he passed for a career-best 369 yards and four touchdowns during the Titans’ 41-7 win over UW-La Crosse.
Wara was a member of the UWO men’s basketball team for the 2010-11 season. He played in 16 games for the Titans, including two as a starter, and totaled 55 points and 54 rebounds.
Wara went on to play quarterback for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League in 2014. He was named the league’s Rookie of the Year after totaling 1,848 yards and 37 touchdowns passing and 705 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing.
Wara, who graduated from UWO in 2015, lives in Omro with wife Lindsey and daughters Olivia and Brooke. Wara, an assistant coach with the UWO football program, is in his ninth year of teaching strength and conditioning classes at Fond du Lac High School.
Kerrie (Main) Washburn
An All-America performer in two indoor events and four outdoor categories, Kerrie (Main) Washburn‘s versatility helped the UW Oshkosh women’s track and field program win six national titles during her career as a Titan from 1994-97.
Washburn earned both of her indoor All-America awards at the 1997 NCAA Division III Championship held in UWO’s Kolf Sports Center. She placed second in the triple jump with a school-record distance of 39-10 and third in the long jump with a leap of 17-10 1/4 to help the Titans finish third in the team competition.
UWO won Division III indoor titles in each of Washburn’s previous three seasons as she qualified for the national championship in both the long and triple jumps in 1995 and again in 1996.
Washburn secured five outdoor All-America decorations to help UWO to Division III team titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997. She placed third in the triple jump at the 1995 national championship with a measurement of 37-9 1/2 and eighth in the javelin throw with a cast of 123-1 in 1996 before finishing second in the triple jump with a school-record distance of 39-4 1/2, fifth in the long jump with a mark of 18-8 and seventh in the 400-meter relay with a time of 48.30 seconds in 1997.
Additionally, Washburn was a member of UWO teams that won four WIAC outdoor titles and league indoor championships in 1995 and 1996.
Washburn captured WIAC indoor titles in the triple jump in 1996 and both the long and triple jumps in 1997. The Webster High School graduate also was the WIAC outdoor champion in both the javelin throw and triple jump in 1996 and the triple jump in 1997.
Washburn furthermore placed second at the WIAC Championship in the indoor long jump in 1994, outdoor triple jump in 1995 and outdoor long jump in 1997. She finished third at the conference championship in the outdoor triple jump in 1994, indoor triple jump in 1995, outdoor long jump in 1995, indoor long jump in 1996 and outdoor javelin throw in 1997.
Washburn, who still owns the UW Oshkosh indoor and outdoor triple jump records with her measurements from the 1997 season, concluded her career as a four-time WIAC Athlete of the Week selection. In 2012, the WIAC named Washburn to its All-Centennial Women’s Track and Field Team.
Washburn graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1998 before marrying Webster High School and UWO classmate Jarrod Washburn. During her husband’s major league baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, Washburn worked at numerous charitable events for both organizations.
Washburn and husband Jarrod, a 2010 UWO Hall of Fame inductee, live in Webster where they own and operate Major League Bucks, a deer and elk hunting preserve.
The Washburn’s are parents to sons Jack and Owen and daughter Ava. Jack and Owen play baseball at Division I Texas Tech University while Ava participates in track and field at Division I University of Washington.
Jen Young, the only four-time All-America award winner in the history of women’s golf in the WIAC, had a brilliant UWO career.
Young competed for the Titans from the 2003-04 through the 2006-07 seasons and collected NCAA Division III All-America Second Team and All-WIAC First Team honors all four years. The Westosha Central High School graduate received Division III All-Central Region First Team accolades during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons as well as being named the WIAC Player of the Year in the 2003-04 and 2006-07 campaigns.
Young’s first season at UWO was an exciting one as she led the Titans to a WIAC title and a fourth-place finish at the Division III Championship held at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake. Young placed second with an 18-hole score of 168 strokes at the WIAC and 36th with a 72-hole score of 342 strokes at the Division III championships.
Young was unable to compete at the WIAC Championship the following year due to an injury. She did recover to participate at the Division III Championship seven months later and finished 18th with a 72-hole score of 334 strokes.
Young placed in the top 15 in each of the 10 tournaments that she competed in during the 2005-06 season. She was the second-place finisher in three events while ranking sixth with a 36-hole score of 160 strokes at the WIAC and 15th with a 72-hole score of 327 strokes at the Division III championships.
Young’s final season as a Titan included six top four finishes among the 10 tournaments that she participated in. Young placed second with an 18-hole score of 158 strokes at the WIAC and 12th with a 72-hole score of 322 strokes at the Division III championships.
Young, who also led the Titans to a second-place team finish at the WIAC Championship held during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, played 73 18-hole rounds during her UWO career and averaged 80.6 strokes per round, including a career best of 80.1 during the 2006-07 campaign.
In addition to her finishes at the WIAC and Division III championships, Young captured individual titles at the Carthage College Invitational held during the 2003-04 season, Hickory Point Invitational held during the 2004-05 campaign and the UWO Spring Invitational and UW-Stevens Point Spring Invitationals held during the 2006-07 season.
Young, a four-time WIAC Athlete of the Week selection, was chosen to the league’s All-Centennial Women’s Golf Team in 2012.
Young graduated from UWO in 2009 and is in her first year as the Warehouse Manager of Direct Native Plants in Woodstock, Illinois. Young previously worked 15 years for Champs Sports, most recently as a LXP Trainer General Manger, at a variety of locations in Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Young lives in Wonder Lake, Illinois, with fiancé’ Angela Young and children Abbi, Ashlyn and Skylar.
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The UW Oshkosh Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to pay tribute and give deserved acknowledgement to former athletes, coaches and friends of the University. It is also intended to enhance school tradition by honoring those people who have exhibited exceptional ability or given distinctive recognition to the UW Oshkosh athletics program while on campus or since graduation.