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MHS alum Klein sets UWP record
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PLATTEVILLE - A former Monroe track athlete broke a fieldhouse record in the mile at a meet Saturday.

Former Monroe athlete Patrick Klein broke the fieldhouse record in the mile, automatically qualifying for the NCAA III national championships with a time of 4:10.03. He took down the facility record of 4:10.24 set by all-American Ryan Kleimenhagen in the 2005 WIAC championships

The UW-Platteville track and field teams were on the fast track towards the conference championship Saturday, according to a press release from the school.

The Pioneers ran their first meet on the new, blue indoor surface that will also be the site of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships Feb. 26 and 27.

Klein's record run was among many highlights of a meet that included UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, Coe, Wartburg, Dubuque, Loras, and Wisconsin Lutheran.

Both the Pioneer women's 1600-meter team (3:58.43), and the men's 800 squad (3:27.43) won their relays, and Carshella Porter ran the 55-meter dash for the second-straight week. After going 7.32 last week, she ran a 7.30 to place third Saturday.

Taking second place for UW-Platteville were Scott Clark in the 3,000 meters in 8:56.36 and Jon Balciar in the pole vault at 14-9.25.

Lynn Oyawiri was third in both the 55 (6.48) and 200 (22.80), while Ann Tank was third in the mile (5:04.62). The men's 4-by-400 relay team also placed third in 3:27.43. Oyawiri's 55 team is just .002 off Brunson Parish's 1994 school record.

Another former Cheesemaker, Brett DeNure of UW-Oshkosh, finished the 800-meter run in second place with a time of 1:56.43.

DeNure and Klein ran together at Monroe on the 1600-meter relay team that not only won state, but also set the state record.