February 21, 2011

Pipers sweep MIAC track and field honors

Deichert's performance in the mile run at the University of Minnesota Snowshoe Open was the second best in the MIAC and in the top 20 in the nation, despite running in a slower heat with few runners at his pace.

At the U of M’s indoor meet, Deichert recorded a season-best time in the mile run with a time of 4:14.72. The time meets the NCAA provisional qualifying standard, and Deichert did it despite running alone for most of his mile from the slowest heat at the Snowshoe Open.

Springman is the third Piper thrower in five weeks to win the MIAC field athlete of the week honor. He was unseeded in the weight throw at the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open, but with a new personal best throw, he finished ninth and moved up the MIAC performance list.
 
With his throw of 16.90 meters, or 55-05.00, Springman set a new personal best by more than two meters, which is a great accomplishment for the Hamline senior. His distance moved him up to No. 4 on the MIAC’s 2011 performance lists, and he just missed the provisional qualifying distance for the NCAA Division III Championships. The top-10 finish at the U of M was impressive considering the level of competition in the field.

Deichert, Springman, and the Pipers will travel to one of their final indoor meets of the regular season Saturday when they head south to Northfield to compete at St. Olaf. Hamline will also compete in Macalester’s Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, Feb. 25, as its final tune-up before the MIAC Indoor Championships. The MIAC indoor meet will be held March 3-5 at St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center.