February 14, 2011

Coyle collects second MIAC athlete of the week honor

Hamline has had plenty of big performances from its throwers throughout the 2011 Indoor Track and Field season, but on Saturday, Coyle (Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) may have topped them all with her outstanding showing in the weight throw at the St. Thomas Showcase Classic.

Coyle finished first in the event despite competing against numerous Division I and II athletes, including the University of Minnesota. Her throw marked a new personal and MIAC best in 2011 and it moved her up to 13th in all of NCAA Division III.

Coyle’s weight throw traveled a distance of 16.84 meters, or 55-03, to put her in first place against prestigious competition. The throw beat her previous personal best by a full four feet and it leads the second-best throw in the MIAC in 2011 by two feet. Her throw also met the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark for the national championships. Coyle leads a trio of Piper throwers that are atop the MIAC performance list in the weight throw in 2011.

Hamline will have two more meets on its schedule before the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at St. Thomas on March 4-5. The Pipers will compete Saturday at the University of Minnesota, and next weekend they’ll spend Friday at the Macalester Pre-Conference Meet to make their final preparations for the MIAC Championships.