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Blugold earns NCAA DIII track athlete of the year honors

UW-Eau Claire's Carly Fehler has been named the women's NCAA Division III Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. 

A senior from Oak Creek, Fehler won three national titles last weekend, claiming her second-straight 100-meter dash championship with a time of 11.67. She is the only woman in UW-Eau Claire history to win the event.

In the 200-meter event, Fehler became the first national champion in UW-Eau Claire history, winning the finals in 23.88 seconds to break her own school record of 23.94 set earlier this month. 

Fehler anchors the 4x100-meter relay team that also includes Kelsey Worachek, a freshman from Appleton; Jessie Reineck, a junior from Greenville; and Lindsey Laufenberg, a senior from Waunakee. The Blugold relay team won the school's first-ever national title in the event, with a time of 45.90 seconds. The time also set a facility record and broke the UW-Eau Claire school record of 46.19 seconds, which was set earlier this spring. The race also marked the first time this year that any NCAA Division III women's 4x100-meter relay ran a sub 46-second relay. 

Fehler finished her career as one of the fastest women in NCAA Division III history. Her 11.62 100-meter dash time at the WIAC championships earlier this season makes her the third fastest DIII 100 runner ever. 

Photo cutline: Carly Fehler competing for the winning 4x100-meter Blugold relay team at DIII Nationals in New York, May 2015. Photo by Brandon68Photo.