Four Earn All-America Honors as Men Tie for Ninth at NCAAs

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s track and field team registered its sixth consecutive top 10 finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, wrapping up competition Saturday tied for ninth place at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Warhawks totaled 16 points to tie Bates and finish just three points behind Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival UW-Oshkosh. UW-Eau Claire (62 points) edged UW-La Crosse (60) for the national title.

Freshman Mike Cournia (Waukesha, Wis./South) was one of four All-Americans crowned on the day for UW-Whitewater. He placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 47-06.25. Cournia, who entered the weekend ranked seventh in the event, claimed the program’s third All-America accolade in the last four years in the indoor triple jump.

Seniors Dawson Miller (Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater) and Stephen Sousa (San Diego, Calif./Westview) each placed sixth in their respective events.

Miller finished the 3,000-meter run in a school record time of 8:18.57, breaking his own mark set earlier this season. He became the first All-American in the indoor 3,000 in school history. Miller, who began the weekend at No. 4 in the event, is now a five-time All-American in track and field.

Sousa also broke his own school record set earlier this season in the heptathlon with a score of 5016 to become the school’s first-ever indoor All-American in the event. Now a two-time All-American, Sousa entered the event with the seventh-best score and was 14th in last season’s indoor heptathlon.

Freshman Theron Baumann (Monona Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) became the program’s fifth All-American in the shot put and first since 2007. His mark of 56-04.75, tallied on his first throw of the day, was good for eighth place. Baumann entered the weekend with the nation’s No. 6 toss.

Competing in his second event of the weekend, freshman Robert Starnes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble) finished 10th in the high jump with a result of 6-06.25. He is an All-American in the long jump after a fifth-place finish Friday.

The Warhawks’ 4×400-meter relay team of senior Devin Grainger (Muskego, Wis./Muskego), junior Zak Fritz (Racine, Wis./Case), senior Tony Urbanski (Spring Valley, Ill./Hall) and senior captain Jared Denu (Waunakee, Wis./Waunakee) placed 12th with a time of 3:21.28.

UW-Whitewater begins the outdoor season April 3 as it hosts the Rex Foster Invitational at Rex Foster Track in Whitewater.




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