Great showing for MIAC athletes at NCAA Indoor T&F meet

Great showing for MIAC athletes at NCAA Indoor T&F meet

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) had an outstanding showing at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, as conference student-athletes earned a total of 11 All-American honors with countless standout performances.

The MIAC had a total of 26 entries – 16 men and 10 women – in a total of 14 different events at the national championships, which were held Friday and Saturday at the Res Rec Center in Naperville, Ill., with North Central College serving as the official host. The MIAC had six All-American performances on the men's side and five on the women's side to highlight a spectacular weekend for the conference.


The top event for the MIAC was the men's mile, as St. Olaf's Joe Coffey finished second with a time of 4:08.29, with Carleton's Jerry Cook-Gallardo right behind him in third (4:08.54) and another Ole runner – Sean Bjork – in seventh with a time of 4:10.05. All three earned All-American honors.

Bethel's Carl Klamm earned a pair of All-American awards at the meet thanks to his fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (49.17) and his role in Bethel's fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:17.55. Klamm teamed up with Isaac Erickson, Karl Olsen and Patrick Klamm for the top-four finish. Augsburg's Undre Smith-Brewer also earned All-American honors on the track, as he finished sixth in the men's 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds.

Half of the MIAC women's entries – five of 10 – received All-American honors as all five placed in the top five in their respective events. Saint Benedict had a trio of All-Americans, as London Stelten finished fourth in the pole vault (12-03.50), Jenna Degen took fourth in the pentathlon (3,367) and Allison Kosobud finished fifth in the 800-meter run. Concordia's Emma Peterson took fourth in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5-06.50, and Carleton's Alexa Feeney earned All-American honors in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.26 seconds.

The MIAC had three men each in the shot put and heptathlon events. Hamline teammates Eric Dols (ninth, 53-06.50), Travis Jacobson (10th, 52-06.00) and Chase Duwenhoegger (12th, 52-03.75) finished in spots No. 9-12 in the shot put, and Concordia's Jackson Schepp (10th, 4,803) and St. Thomas teammates Connor O'Neill (12th, 4,717) and Preston Huddleston (13th, 4,712) came in between 10th place and 13th place in the heptathlon.

St. Olaf's William Anderson, Joey Pugh, Sean Lonergan and Jacob Eggers teamed up to finish 12th in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 10:11.25, and Eggers added a 13th-place finish in the mile prelims (4:17.73). Emmanuel Egbujor added a 12th-place finish in the 60-meter dash prelims with at time of 6.98 and Bethel's Olsen was 14th in the 200-meter dash prelims (22.34).

On the women's side, St. Thomas Alex Fossum (10th place, 17:12.49) and St. Olaf's Mary Naas (15th place, 17:36.28) each represented the MIAC in the 5,000-meter run. The MIAC also had two other competitors – Saint Benedict's Megan Sundstrom (11th place, 3,262) and St. Thomas' Laura Eischens (17th place, 2,951) – in the pentathlon, and Bethel's Delia Labatt finished 10th in the 400-meter dash prelims with a time of 56.95.

The Saint Benedict women had the top team finish for the MIAC, as the Blazers scored 13.5 poitns to finish No. 16 in the women's standings, with Concordia (T-48, 4.5 points) and Carleton (T-50, 4 points) also scoring in the team competition. St. Olaf (T-20, 10 points) and Bethel (T-27, 9 points) led the men's teams, with Carleton tied for 39th (6 points) and Augsburg (3 points) tied for 60th.

Washington University (Mo.) won the women's national championship, and North Central (Ill.) and UW-La Crosse shared the men's championship. Full results are available online.