Here’s a feel-good story. When the time came to replace a stop sign in the Kress Events Center parking lot, members of UW-Green Bay Public Safety had an idea — present the old sign to the person who it would provide some sentimental value — Green Bay Cross Country Coach, Mike Kline. It’s been a tradition for 30-plus years for Kline’s runners to slap the sign when they are done with their training runs. Enjoy the photos of the brief presentation.
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– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
The Green Bay women’s cross country team posted a cumulative 3.82 grade point average this season to receive the third-best GPA in the nation. Their combined GPA was ranked among all Division I teams. Read more.
It was great to be a Phoenix this past weekend. The women’s volleyball team defeated UW-Milwaukee in straight sets. Men’s soccer blanked Detroit, 2-0. UWGB Junior Mitchell Bilitz earned all-conference honors in men’s cross country, and women’s basketball cruised to a pre-season victory over UW-Oshkosh behind Jen Wellnitz’s 17 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night.
A group of former UWGB cross-country runners took the Cellcom Marathon Relay title for the sixth time. The team, named X-UWGB-XC, has participated in this relay race for 10 years and alumni support crew. Their time was a blistering 2:41:42, which averages out to about 6:11/mile. Team members were Chris Hendricks ’05, Josh Bayer ’05, Seth Bodden ’07, Nate Vandervest ’03 and Kraig Western ’05 ’09. You can see their championship photo here.
In 2006, Riley Garbe was a student at Jefferson Elementary, Green Bay, today he is a member of UWGB’s cross country team. What and who was responsible for introducing him to the sport of running? It is the focus of a WBAY-TV featured story. You can watch it here.
As part of the 2015 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP), both Phoenix cross country programs and the volleyball program were recognized by finishing in the top 10 percent of their respective sports for their high APR scores accumulated during the 2013-14 academic year. It marks the fourth-straight year that the Green Bay women’s cross country program finished in the top 10 percent, the third-straight year the men’s cross country program was recognized and the second-straight year the Phoenix volleyball program finished in the top 10 percent. Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 27. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs. For more details.
Former Green Bay Phoenix cross-country standout Callie Bartel (Human Biology, class of ’09), a Prevea assistant athletics trainer assigned to Phoenix Athletics, beat last year’s time by nearly 10 minutes in finishing Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3:04:59, good enough to place 3,551 overall and a highly respectable No. 239 in the women’s division of the race that attracts marathoners from around the world.
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Other marathon results — Actually, it’s a small world, Boston-wise. Finishing a few minutes and places behind Bartel in the women’s division was Sarah Mahaney, age 33, who happens to be the daughter of our own Jan Snyder of the Provost’s Office. Mahaney finished her first Boston marathon (and only second 26.2-miler ever) in 3:07:22, good for women’s place 307. And, finally, Bob Blihar, an applications director with CIT, ran the inaugural Oshkosh Marathon over the weekend and shaved 28 minutes off his previous best and won his 50+ age group in 3:54:18. Congratulations, all.
It’s the third Monday in April — Patriots’ Day as it’s known in Boston — and the occasion of the annual Boston Marathon. So far, we’ve heard of at least one UW-Green Bay runner who will be competing. Former Phoenix cross-country standout Callie Bartel (Human Biology, Class of ’09) is returning to the race after putting up a 3:13:03 last year, good enough for a very strong 442nd among the women’s finishers on a day when more than 30,000 total runners crossed the line. Bartel is a Prevea assistant athletics trainer assigned to Phoenix Athletics.