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King, Wilkerson continue Piper throws NCAA provo mark streak

Derall King (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) bettered his own NCAA provisional toss in the weight throw, winning the event with a throw of 17.55 meters (57-7). King has thrown and NCAA provisional toss in each meet he has entered this winter.

Aaron Wilkerson (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) also hit the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the weight throw at 16.71 meters (54-10).

Javan Copley (So., Shoreview, Minn.) led off the Piper sprinters with a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash in 6.78. Dan Holmgren (Jr., Andover, Minn.) was sixth in 6.82 and Kegan Sunderland (Fy., Blaine, Minn.) was seventh in 6.87, as Piper made up three of the seven finalists in the event.

The Pipers then swept the top two spots in the 200-meter dash and the top five places in the 400-meter dash.

Brent Nelson (Sr., New London, Minn.) won both events, taking the 200-meter dash in 22.66 and the 400-meter dash in 50.26. Andy Marnach (Sr., Hokah, Minn.) was second at the 200-meter distance in 22.71.

Rounding out the top five in the 400-meter dash were Tyson Molitor (Jr., Belgrade, Minn.) in second in 50.27, Marnach in third in 50.42, Christian Swanberg (Jr., Lindstrom, Minn.) placing fourth in 50.92, and Christian Willman (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.) in fifth in 51.62.

As the distances lengthened, Ian Campbell (Jr., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) won the 800-meter run in 1:57.87. Nate Walker (Fy., River Falls, Wis.) was second in the mile run with a time of 4:35.89.

The Pipers swept the top three spots in the long and triple jumps, starting with Sunderland winning the long jump with a leap of 6.16 meters (20-2 1/2). Nik Hawley (Jr., Saint Paul Park, Minn.) was second at 6.15 meters (20-2 1/4) and Dan Johnson (Jr., Granite Falls, Minn.) was third at 5.97 meters (19-7).

In the triple jump, Ben Johnson (So., Roseville, Minn.) won with a leap of 13.68 meters (44-10 3/4), Dan Johnson was second with 12.84 meters (42-1 1/2) and Christian Kibler (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) was third in 12.47 (40-11).

In the other throwing event, Josh Blaschko (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) won the shot put with a put of 14.12 meters (46-4).