LaMere Named WIAC Athlete of the Year

LaMere Named WIAC Athlete of the Year

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Ian LaMere has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

This is the second consecutive year LaMere has earned the award. After last year's record setting year LaMere continued to break records this year.

LaMere broke his own WIAC Championship record by crossing the finish in 23:55.2, 12 seconds faster than last years' time.

LaMere, a Green Bay, Wis. native, won every DIII race her participated in this season, including the WIAC Championships, the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and the NCAA DIII National Championships.

LaMere won the NCAA Regional in 24:01.1, his slowest race of the year with his other 3 races all being under 24 minutes. His final time of 23:40.4 at NCAA Nationals is the second fastest winning time ever, following his own record set last year. Also, LaMere's 29-second winning margin is tied for the second largest margin of victory ever.

LaMere is the only male from the WIAC to win the back to back national titles, and UW-Platteville is the only school in the WIAC to have more than one national champion. LaMere's two titles are UW-Platteville's second and third as Tyler Sigl won the honor in 2007.