The top ranked pole vaulter in NCAA Division III since spring 2020, Noah Zastrow claimed the 2021 outdoor pole vault title after seeing the 2020 and 2021 indoor and 2020 outdoor national championships canceled because of the pandemic.
Zastrow outdueled his competition, finishing with a vault of 16 feet, 8.75 inches.
Zastrow, a senior from Spencer majoring in mechanical engineering, set the school indoor and outdoor record this season on his quest for the national title. He sailed 17 feet, 8.50 inches for the indoor record this spring, then won the event at the WIAC outdoor championship with a jump of 17 5.50, tying his school record from earlier in the year, setting the conference championship record and earning Field Athlete of the Week honors. A week later, he upped the record with a mark of 17-7.
Ruechel, a senior from Pulaski majoring in mechanical engineering, had the best mark in the shot put in Division III during the indoor season, setting the school record with a mark of 60-1 in the final indoor meet of the season. He first broke the school outdoor record when he won the WIAC outdoor championship with a throw of 59-2.75, then topped that at the national meet.
Three more All-Americans
After a dominating indoor season in the weight throw, Bugella carried his success into the outdoor season with the hammer throw and came into the national championship seeded fourth but improved on his seed with a second-place finish on a throw of 196-10.
He is a junior from Rice Lake majoring in dietetics.
On the women’s side, first-year packaging major Hannah Zastrow, of Spencer, was seeded 12th coming into the national meet in the 100 hurdles and finished fifth, consistently breaking the school record throughout the last four weeks of the season.
She first broke the record at the WIAC outdoor championship, then set the mark the next three weeks, running a time of 14.23 seconds in the NCAA preliminaries to qualify for the finals where she ran a time of 14.28 for her first All-America title.
Sophomore Mackenzie Huber, of Colby, an early childhood education major, placed seventh in the shot put to round out UW-Stout’s All-America finishers.
For more information about UW-Stout’s results at the national meet and other Blue Devil news, go to the Athletics website.