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Ponick wins WIAC javelin title

The UW-River Falls women finished sixth and the men placed eighth at the WIAC Track and Field Championships at UW-Platteville Friday and Saturday.

Becky Ponick won her second individual conference championship in the javelin with a throw of 126-feet, 2-inches, on Friday. Ponick, a Stanley-Boyd High School graduate, also won the title in 2008 with a throw of 113-1. Teammate Colleen Kopel took second at this year's meet with a distance of 117-1.

Maranda Dohrn hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks in a pair of events. She finished third in the high jump with a leap of 5-5 3/4 and third in the shot put with a toss of 43-3 1/4.

Alicia Potting of Somerset also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 37-3 1/4. She took third in the long jump Friday with a leap of 17-11 3/4.

Leah Korf boosted the Falcons' team score with a third place time of 2 minutes, 16.37 seconds, in the 800 meter run. She also took fifth in the 1,500 in 4:45.03. The Falcons 4x100 relay team of Ponick, Rasmussen, Potting and Heidi Hilgers placed fifth in 49.47 seconds.

In the steeplechase, Katie Rydeen of Osceola placed fifth in 11:30.69.

In the men's competition, Jim Walrath set a new school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 187-6 to finish second and improve his NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He set the old school record of 180-8 earlier this year.

Nick Zeien of Hastings, Minn., also set a new school record in the 400 meter dash finals Saturday with a time of 48.57 seconds, good enough for sixth place. He broke his own record of 48.87 set earlier this year.

The Falcons 4x800 relay team of Nick Zeien, Indy Liljevall, Scott Jensen and Alex Zeien finished third with a time of 7:42.88, while the 4x400 relay team of Lucas Mueller, Liljevall, Dan Rodewald of River Falls and Nick Zeien placed fifth with a time of 3:17.14.

James Butler took fourth in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.13 seconds while Clai Catto tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6-7.

Some UW-RF team members will compete in the Eagle Open on Friday at 10 a.m., at UW-La Crosse.