“I don’t think they liked the little guys beating the big guys.”
Welcome to D3 Glory Days on the Citius Mag Podcast Network, on this week’s program: Tori Neubauer. The UW – La Crosse alum racked up six individual titles during her D3 career. In Tori’s era, the winners of the D3 XC championships were invited to compete at the D1 Championship meet several days later. In 1983 Tori became one of a handful of D3 champions to also claim a D1 All-American award, finishing 11th. Tori claims her mental toughness as her greatest asset, and that shines through in this interview. We also get into a frank discussion of Tori’s struggles with “atypical eating” habits, and learning more efficient communication strategies. She pursued post-collegiate racing, qualifying for two Olympic Trials, but eventually lost the passion for running, and decided to hang up the shoes. Ultimately Tori could look back on her pioneering D3 career with tremendous pride. To this day, she goes back to UW-LaCrosse to meet with the current athletes, help out at meets, and hand out awards at the Tori Neubauer Invitational.
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