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Reuter earns WIAC accolades

WHITEWATER — Rhett Reuter, a Physical Education major from Darlington, is one of 12 members of the Warhawk men’s and women’s track and field teams who garnered All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades after their performance over the weekend at the WIAC Indoor Championships (presented by Culver’s) at Kachel Fieldhouse in Whitewater.

The Warhawk men finished fourth while the women were fifth.

UW-Whitewater picked up three top finishes Saturday to bolster the second day of competition. In the men’s triple jump, Shelvin Garrett II claimed gold with a lead of 15.10 meters (49-6.5) to win the event by nearly two feet.

Tina Shelton secured UW-Whitewater’s second gold of the day with a season best clocking in the 200. Crossing the line in 24.96, Shelton won the event by 1.5 seconds.

Gunner Schlender led a three-man contingent to reach the podium in the 3,000-meter run. He crossed the line in 8:17.61 to take gold followed by Christian Patzka just two seconds back in second.

Shelton added a runner-up finish in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.60. Kenni Czarnecki added a second silver for the Warhawk women. Her toss of 17.93 meters (58-10) was a two-foot personal best and ranks among the top 10 in Division III this season.

On the first day of competition, Patzka paced UW-Whitewater with a top time in the mile. His personal best clocking of 4:09.00 won the event by over two seconds.

The Warhawk women added a gold in the final event of the day. Paige Fassbender led off the crew that included Brynn Fuerstenberg and Katie Erb with Ari De La Cerda anchoring. The combination got an early lead and coasted to a first-place finish crossing the line in 12:18.21.

The UW-Whitewater men’s distance medley relay recorded a time of 10:10.36 to finish as the runner-up in the event. The Warhawks squad featured Craig Hundley, Brad Heller and Reuter with Schlender anchoring the group.