Hamline News

February 05, 2011

McKeag hits NCAA automatic qualifying mark in shot put

En route to hitting the NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the shot put, Brennan McKeag (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) set both a meet and a fieldhouse record with his throw to win the event. Additionally, his throw is currently the best throw in the country.

He had a put of 17.15 meters (56-3 1/4). Derall King (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) placed second with a throw of 15.16 meters (49-9).

Hamline then took the top two places in four different events at the meet.

Pipers took first and second in the mile run, as Jack Diechert (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) crossed first in 4:17.70, setting a new meet record. Ian Campbell (Jr., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) was second in 4:23.94.

The Pipers replicated those finishes in the 400-meter dash, which was won by Christian Swanberg (Sr., Lindstrom, Minn.) in 51.64. DJ Weil (So., Chaska, Minn.) placed second in 51.89.

In the 600-meter run, Tyson Molitor (Sr., Belgrade, Minn.) ran to first in 1:26.91 while Christian Willman (So., Rosemount, Minn.) was second in 1:27.19.

In field events, Pipers placed one-two in the triple jump, led by Christian Kibler's (So., Burnsville, Minn.) winning leap of 13.0 meters (42-8). Ben Johnson (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) was second at 12.92 meters (42-4 3/4).

In the 5,000-meter run, Ellis Richardson (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) placed fourth with a time of 15:58.19 as Andrew Johnson (Sr., Andover, Minn.) was fifth in 16:03.09.

Matt Warhol (Sr., Andover, Minn.) was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.45. Javan Copley (Jr., Shoreview, Minn.) also put together a fourth-place run as he was fourth in the 55-meter  dash in 6.73.

Hamline claimed spots two through four in the weight throw, led by Andrew Schlichting's (Jr., North Oaks, Minn.) second-place toss of 18.22 meters (59-9 1/2). McKeag was third at 17.84 meters (58-6 1/2) and King was fourth with a throw of 16.73 meters (54-10 3/4).

In the long jump, Dan Johnson (Sr., Granite Falls, Minn.) placed fourth with a leap of 6.17 meters (20-3) and Juris Lebedoks (Fy., Latvia) was fifth at 6.16 meters (20-2 1/2).

Peterson Pierre (Fy., Saint Paul, Minn.) cleared 4.03 meters (13-2 1/2) to place third in the pole vault.

Andrew Ferguson (Fy., Saint Clair, Minn.) rounded out the Piper top five performances with a third place run in the 200-meter hurdles. He finished in 27.35.

Hamline next competes on Friday, February 11, at St. Thomas.