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Pipers capture trio of championships on opening day of the MIAC indoor meet

At the conference championships, the first three finishers are All-MIAC and places four through six are honorable mention all-conference. The top eight finishers score points in the meet standings for the team.

Shaise Schuette (So., Anoka, Minn.), who also captured the title at the 2010 indoor and outdoor championships, won his third straight pole vault championship. He cleared 15-1 (4.60 meters) for the win.

Pipers finished one-two in the mile run, as Jack Deichert (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) ran to the win in 4:18.44. Ian Campbell (Sr., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) was second in 4:21.41. Nate Walker (So., River Falls, Minn.) was eighth in 4:33.55.

The final Piper championship of the night came in the last event of the evening, as Hamline's distance medley team of Colin Rogers (So., River Falls, Wis.), Andrew Thomas (Fy., Farmington, Minn.), Campbell, and Deichert won in 10:18.85.

In the weight throw, Pipers placed second, third, fifth, and sixth. Andrew Schlichting (Jr., North Oaks, Minn.) finished second with an NCAA provisional throw of 60-11 1/4 (18.57 meters). Brennan McKeag (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) was third, also with an NCAA provo toss, throwing 59-4 1/4 (18.09 meters).

Derall King (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) finished fifth with a throw of 54-5 1/2 (16.6 meters) and Blake Springman (Sr., Adrian, Minn.) was sixth at 53-9 1/4 (16.39 meters).

Hamline had three top-eight finishers in the 400-meter dash, led by DJ Weil's (So., Chaska, Minn.) second place performance in 50.82. Christian Willman (So., Rosemount, Minn.) was fourth in 50.90 and Tyson Molitor (Sr., Belgrade, Minn.) was seventh in 51.28.

Christian Swanberg (Sr., Lindstrom, Minn.) sprinted to a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.62.

In the 5000-meter run, Ellis Richardson (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) raced to a fourth-place finish in 15:21.21.

Dan Johnson (Sr., Granite Falls, Minn.) placed seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 43-6 (13.26 meters).

Brendan Ruter (So., New London, Minn.) rounded out the Piper scoring by placing eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:59.13.

Hamline sits in second place with 88.0 points after the opening day of the meet. The host Tommies lead with 96.0 points.

The second day of the MIAC championships will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m.