Yellowjackets' Capringlione wins WIAC 20-pound weight throw crownAfter struggling in her initial attempts, Capriglione delivered the winning throw on her second-to-last try of the finals beating out Samantha Loew of UW-Oshkosh by .08 meters.
Katie Capriglione was the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s lone champion at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference indoor track and field meet over the weekend at Stevens Point.
Capriglione won the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 59 feet, 5 inches.
After struggling in her initial attempts, Capriglione delivered the winning throw on her second-to-last try of the finals beating out Samantha Loew of UW-Oshkosh by .08 meters.
The mark once again broke her own school record and moved her up to third place in NCAA Division III.
The victory also marked just the second time in the last 11 years that a thrower from someplace other than Oshkosh claimed the conference championship.
Capriglione also placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 13.29 meters (43 feet, 7.25 inches).
Vicki Vinokur set a pair of school records at the meet, placing eighth in both the weight throw and shot put. She had marks of 15.36 meters (50 feet, 4.75 inches) and 12.94 meters (42 feet, 5.5 inches) in the weight throw and shot put, respectively.
Other Yellowjacket women’s competitors who established personal records on the day included Kate Weyenberg in the 3,000 meters and Tyie Timmons in the weight throw.
UW-La Crosse claimed both men’s and women’s team titles. The Eagles won their 12th consecutive men’s title and 21st overall in the women’s competition.
There is one more opportunity to qualify for the national meet, and that will come at a UW-Stevens Point “Last Chance” meet on Saturday.
For the second time this indoor track and field season, Katie Capriglione, a senior from Culver, Minn., has claimed WIAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors, following her record-setting performance at Northern Michigan University’s “Northern Challenge” two weeks ago.
Capriglione won both the weight throw and shot put and broke the school record in each event.
In the weight throw Capriglione had a toss of 17.62 meters (57 feet, 9.75 inches), which bettered the field by nearly three meters. The throw broke her own school record for the third consecutive week and moved her up to No. 3 in the NCAA Division III weight throw rankings.
In the shot put, Capriglione won the event with a mark of 13.54 meters (44 feet, 5.25 inches), which again broke her own school record and put her on the national leaderboard for the first time this season. Capriglione currently sits 12th among all NCAA Division III shot putters.
Capriglione was previously honored by the WIAC the week of Jan. 28 when she set a school record in the weight throw at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Invitational.