Lara Runs To Second NCAA All-America Indoor Award

Roberto Lara earned his second All-America award in the mile run in three seasons.
Roberto Lara earned his second All-America award in the mile run in three seasons.

UW-Oshkosh's Roberto Lara repeated as an All-American in the mile run at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship held Friday and Saturday (March 10-11) in Naperville, Ill.

The junior Lara earned his latest All-America award with a fourth-place time of 4:08.58. Isaac Garcia-Cassa of SUNY-Geneseo won the mile race with a time of 4:07.77 while Joe Coffey of St. Olaf College (Minn.) finished second in 4:08.29.

Lara returned to the national meet for the third straight year. He achieved All-America status in the mile run at the 2015 championship with a fifth-place time of 4:13.83 before finishing 12th at last year's meet with a time of 4:16.01.

UW-Oshkosh also had junior Devan Gertschen, sophomore Ryan Powers and junior Joe Zack finish ninth in their respective event and just one place out of the All-America category.

Gertschen registered a height of 15-9 in the pole vault while Powers and Zack ran to times of 49.21 seconds in the 400-meter and 4:10.21 in the mile runs, respectively. Powers earned All-America accolades in last year's 400-meter run with a sixth-place time of 48.76 seconds.

The Titans had two contestants in this year's 800-meter run as junior Nick Freitag finished 13th with a time of 1:58.56 and sophomore Justin Skinkis 15th in 2:00.53.

UW-Oshkosh also received a ninth-place time of 3:21.13 from Freitag, Powers, junior Garrison Griest and senior Danny Trimner in the 1,600-meter relay.

UW-Oshkosh tallied five points to finish 42nd among the 71 teams that scored.

North Central College (Ill.) and UW-La Crosse shared this year's team title with 34 points while UW-Whitewater finished third with 30, UW-Stevens Point fourth with 27 and University of Mount Union (Ohio) fifth with 26.

UW-Oshkosh begins its outdoor season on April 7 at the Rex Foster Invitational in Whitewater.

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