New Richmond's McKenzie Kelly is NCAA national track champion
New Richmond native McKenzie Kelly is an NCAA national champion.
Kelly and her UW-Oshkosh teammates won the NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship following two days of competition at the Al B. Carius Track on the campus of North Central College (Ill.) on Saturday.
Not only did the Titans win the team national championship, Kelly and her teammates on the Oshkosh distance medley relay set a national record in winning the championship in that event.
Kelly joined with teammates Christy Cazzola, Stephanie Jahn and Kylee Verhasselt to win the distance medley relay national championship in 11:32.24. That time broke the existing NCAA Division 3 national record. Middlebury College (Vt.) placed second at 11:34.51.
The Titans captured their ninth NCAA women's national track championship in school history. UW-Oshkosh secured four individual titles and one relay crown en route to the championship. Cazzola earned the one-mile run championship for the second time in her career with a time of 4:48.11, and the 5,000-meter run title with a time of 16:57.58. Oshkosh also received national championships from Breanna Strupp in the shot put and Samantha Loew in the 20-meter weight throw.