UW-Oshkosh opens its 2017 women's indoor track & field season at home against Lawrence University on Friday (Jan. 13) in Kolf Sports Center.
The Titans, who have won a record nine NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship titles, are seeking their 21st top-four national trophy in program history.
UW-Oshkosh will also host a quadrangular on Feb. 11 and the Titan Challenge on Feb. 18. The Titans, who enter 2017 ranked 18th in the country by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), are the defending champions of each of their three home meets.
The Titans will also compete at the North Central College Cardinal Opener in Naperville, Ill., on Jan. 20, the Warhawk Classic Invitational in Whitewater on Jan. 28 and the Pointer Invitational in Stevens Point on Feb. 4 before participating at the WIAC Championship on Feb. 24-25 in Menomonie.
Last season, UW-Oshkosh finished second at the Cardinal Opener, third at the Warhawk Classic and fourth at the WIAC Championship.
UW-La Crosse earned its fourth consecutive WIAC title a year ago by tallying 162 points. UW-Eau Claire finished second with 104.5 points, followed by UW-Stout in third place with 103 points, UW-Oshkosh in fourth with 93.5, UW-Stevens Point in fifth with 80, UW-Platteville in sixth with 58, UW-Whitewater in seventh with 50.5 and UW-River Falls in eighth with 11.5.
UW-Oshkosh rounds out its 2017 schedule at the Carthage College Final Qualifier in Kenosha on March 3, the UW-Stevens Point Open on March 4 and the NCAA Division III Championship on March 10-11 in Naperville.
Last year, the Titans placed 17th with 11 points at the Division III Championship, where Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio) won its first national title by scoring 42.2 points to outpace the field of 76 point-scoring teams, including second-place Illinois Wesleyan University with 36 points, third-place Washington University (Mo.) with 31 and fourth-place Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.) with 30.
UW-Oshkosh welcomes back 19 letter winners for first-year interim head coach Mary Theisen.
Senior Elizabeth Abhold and junior Emily Reichenberger lead the UW-Oshkosh returners after the duo secured their first indoor All-America accolades with sixth-place showings last season in the 20-pound weight throw and 200-meter dash, respectively.
Washington University enters the season as the top-ranked team in the country. The Bears are followed by second-ranked UW-Eau Claire, third-ranked Williams College (Mass.), fourth-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fifth-ranked Ithaca College (N.Y.).
The other WIAC programs in the USTFCCCA's preseason top 25 are 11th-ranked UW-Stout, 12th-ranked UW-Platteville and 13th-ranked UW-La Crosse.
UW-Oshkosh claimed national indoor championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as well as runner-up finishes in 1990, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
The Titans have also secured 13 WIAC titles, including back-to-back championships in 2011-12. UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh have combined to win each of the 32 conference titles since 1985.