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Paynotta ends track and field career with All-American efforts

UW-River Falls senior David Paynotta of Finlayson, Minn., ended his collegiate track and field career with a pair of All-American efforts Saturday, May 27, at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

David PaynottaPaynotta finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.48 seconds and seventh in the 200-meter dash in 21.38 seconds. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors.

Earlier this year Paynotta was the national runner up in the 60-meter dash and placed fifth in the 200-meter dash at the national indoor championships. He is the school record holder in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.72 seconds.

Former Wildcat Taylor Eldred of River Falls also represented the Falcon men at the national championships finishing 14th in the hammer throw with a distance of 171-feet, 6-inches. Senior Sheralynn Linkert competed for the UWRF women and placed 19th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.03 seconds.

UW-La Crosse won its third straight men's national title while Washington University-St. Louis won its first ever women's title.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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