Wheaton National Champions
2003 NCAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Champions
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Wheaton's national championship annals began with one of the most remarkable five-year stretches in NCAA track & field history, as the women won a total of eight titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons from 1999-2003. The Lyons took each indoor NCAA Championship during that stretch, becoming the first Division III team of either gender to win five straight. They also tied Louisiana State University (D-I) and Texas-based Abilene Christian University (D-II) for second in NCAA women's indoor track & field history.
With outdoor crowns each year between 2001 and 2003, Wheaton became the third Division III women's squad to threepeat. Thanks to that run, the Lyons were the first Division III women's track & field program to sweep indoor and outdoor championships in three consecutive seasons, and just the third across all divisions.
In 2006, Wheaton baseball became the first team sport to advance as far as the championship round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lyons finished as the national runner up.
On an individual basis, Gina Lighthall's '99 B figures victory at the 1996 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Championship was the first title for a Wheaton athlete, and Lyons have followed suit with more than 60 individual national crowns since.