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Wisconsin-La Crosse completes triple

May 25, 1997

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin-La Crosse completed a championship triple crown Saturday by winning the men’s NCAA Division III men’s track and field meet.

Pole vaulter Mike Schnur, who holds two indoor titles, set a division outdoor record of 17 feet, 2 1/2 inches Friday and Brett Altergott won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a school-record 8:55.31 Saturday to highlight the Eagles’ meet victory.

Wisconsin-La Crosse, which won the 1996 cross-country championship and the 1997 indoor meet, finished with 69.5 points for the outdoor title, followed by Lincoln of Pennsylvania 58.3, Mount Union of Ohio 57.5 and Wisconsin-Stevens Point 36.

Christopher Newport, Haverford and North Central tied at 28.

``The pole vault was the event that swung the meet,″ Eagles coach Mark Guthrie said. ``That was, without a doubt, the event that turned it around and then everything else seemed to fall into place.

``This one is special because it sealed what nobody else in Division III has been able to do, and that is to win the triple crown,″ he said. ``Once cross-country was won, we had to come to practice every day during the indoor and outdoor seasons with the word `three-peat’ on our minds.″

It is the fifth outdoor championship for La Crosse, matching Rowan of New Jersey for the most championships.

Defending champion Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the women’s title with 59 points to 38.8 for runner-up La Crosse.

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