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Liz Black inducted into WCCCA Hall of Fame

Liz Black of River Falls holds her plaque after being inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this month. Submitted photo

Liz (Reusser) Black of River Falls was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association (WCCCA) Hall of Fame on Friday, Jan. 8, at the WCCCA Annual Coaches Convention in Brookfield.

Black, a Doctor of Pharmacy at the River Falls Area Hospital, was a two-time WIAA Division 1 cross country individual champion and a member of three state championship teams at Middleton High School in the late 1990s.

She qualified for the state meet all four years of her high school career. She finished eighth as a freshman in 1995 and fourth in 1996 before setting a new state record on her way to her first state title as a junior in 1997. She broke her own record her senior year, 1998, to win her second straight individual state championship.

She led Middleton to state team titles in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

After graduating high school, Black attended the University of Wisconsin and competed for the Badger cross country team where she was a member of two Big Ten Championship teams.

Black also excelled in track and field at Middleton and was inducted into the Wisconsin Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. She was a four-time WIAA state champion in the 3200 meter run and two-time champion in the 1600 meter run. She has a total of 16 state titles in cross country and track combined, the most of any athlete in state history.

Black is married to former River Falls High School and University of Wisconsin wrestler Kevin Black, a four-time state champion with the Wildcats from 1995-98 and All-American at Wisconsin. The couple has a one-year-old son.

Kevin Black owns and operates Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls.