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3 from Central Wisconsin Make All-Time WIAC Cross Country Team


MADISON - The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) announced today the Men's and Women's Cross Country All-Time Teams that will be recognized in conjunction with the conference's upcoming Centennial Celebration.   All-Time Teams are being selected in those men's and women's sports that have been classified as "championship" sports at some point during the conference's 100-year history.  Additional teams will be released on a weekly basis throughout much of the 2011-12 academic year.


Men's Cross Country All-Time Team

Name                                    School                                   Years Participated            Hometown (High School)*

Brett Altergott                  (UW-La Crosse)                (1994-97)                             Little Chute, Wis.

Greg Barczak                      (UW-La Crosse)                (1981-85)                             Greendale, Wis.

Jesse Drake                        (UW-Stevens Point)       (1997-2000)                        Rhinelander, Wis.

Jim Drews                           (UW-La Crosse)                (1970-73)                             Waukesha, Wis. (South)

Tyler Foos                           (UW-La Crosse)                (1998-2001)                        Durand, Wis.

Jim Hanson                         (UW-La Crosse)                (1974-77)                             Beloit, Wis. (Catholic)

Joe Hanson                         (UW-La Crosse)                (1974-77)                             Beloit, Wis. (Catholic)

Tom Hoffman                    (UW-Whitewater)           (1965-68)                             Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Ryan Kleimenhagen        (UW-Platteville)               (2000-03)                             Oak Creek, Wis.

Dave Lambert                    (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1988-91)                             Oshkosh, Wis. (Lourdes)

Arnie Schraeder               (UW-Stevens Point)       (1983-86)                             Port Edwards, Wis.

Tyler Sigl                              (UW-Platteville)               (2004-07)                             Seymour, Wis.

Dan Stack                            (UW-Eau Claire)                (1978-81)                             Superior, Wis.

Scott Steuernagel            (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1987-90)                             Tomahawk, Wis.

Brad Wilson                        (UW-La Crosse)                (1994-97)                             Rock Island, Ill.


Men's Cross Country All-Time Coach:  Phil Esten (UW-La Crosse) (1970-97)

*Indicates hometown and high school while attending school



Women's Cross Country All-Time Team

Name                                    School                                   Years Participated            Hometown (High School)*

Sarah Anderson                (UW-Superior)                  (1996-99)                             Maple, Wis. (Northwestern)

Wendy Burman                (UW-Parkside)                  (1979-80)                             Fond du Lac, Wis. (Goodrich)

Tiffany (Speckman) Ebensperger

                                                (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1994-97)                             Juda, Wis.

Jenny Fiedler                     (UW-La Crosse)                (1996-99)                             Buffalo, Minn.

Tiffany Fox                          (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1986-89)                             Markesan, Wis.

Laura Horejs                       (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1988-91)                             Oshkosh, Wis. (Lourdes)

Deanna Marchello           (UW-Eau Claire)                (1981-83)                             Fond du Lac, Wis. (St. Mary's Springs)

Ayla Mitchell                      (UW-Oshkosh)                  (2007-09)                             New Richmond, Wis.

Tori Neubauer                   (UW-La Crosse)                (1980-83)                             Oshkosh, Wis. (North)

Cheryl Niederberger      (UW-Oshkosh)                  (1985-88)                             Verona, Wis.

Julia Rudd                            (UW-La Crosse)                (2002-05)                             Oshkosh, Wis. (West)

Katie Somers                     (UW-Eau Claire)                (1981-84)                             Germantown, Wis. (Washington)

Liz Woodworth                 (UW-Oshkosh)                  (2000-01, 2003-04)           Marinette, Wis.

Katie Webb                        (Marquette Univ.)           (1981-84)                             De Pere, Wis. (East)


Women's Cross Country All-Time Coach:  Deb Vercauteren (UW-Oshkosh) (1981-2010)

*Indicates hometown and high school while attending school


WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner remarked that this has been an extremely difficult process given the 100-year span and incomparable success the conference has experienced in most of its sports.  Karner noted that in some sports, even achieving All-American status didn't necessarily guarantee an athlete a spot on the team.   He also acknowledged that while disagreement is inherent and expected whenever there is a selection of an all-time anything (be it a team, restaurant or movie), the conference nonetheless felt it important to recognize student-athletes and coaches who have contributed to the success of the most accomplished Division III conference in NCAA history.  


The student-athlete representation on each team has relied heavily on input provided by the sports information director from each of the nine WIAC campuses, while the process for selecting the head coach(es) for each team also includes input from a panel of media representatives.   The number of individuals selected per team varies depending upon the nature of the sport itself as well as the number of years the sport has/had been sponsored within the conference.  


The conference has also elected to establish a special "legacy" category to recognize those student-athletes and coaches who had extremely accomplished careers but competed during an era(s) when the compilation of statistical data was spotty at best and/or the style of play at that time does not translate for comparative purposes to the stats prevalent in the modern era.     The WIAC "Legacy Team" will also be named at a later date.  


All-Time Team members will receive certificates from the conference and it is hoped that most, if not all, of the recipients will be in attendance or represented at the WIAC Centennial Banquet to be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on August 4, 2012.


Courtesy: WIAC Press Release

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