May 15, 2010

Pipers put together impressive final day of MIAC championships

The top three finishers in each event are named All-MIAC while places four through six earn honorable mention status. The top eight finishers score championship points for the team.

Aaron Wilkerson (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) became the MIAC champion in the hammer throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying throw, also setting a new school record, with a throw of 56.43 meters (185-1). The previous record of 55.88 meters (183-4) was set in 2006 by Jake Courrier.

First-year Shaise Schuette (Anoka, Minn.) completed his inaugural season sweep of the MIAC championships in the pole vault, clearing 4.67 meters (15-3 ¾) to win the event. He also won the indoor championship.

The Piper sprinters ended the meet by capturing the final event on the track, the 1600-meter relay, in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:15.66.

Andy Marnach (Sr., Hokah, Minn.) led off the race, and finished with a strong 100 meters as he handed off to Christian Willman (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.). Willman kept the Pipers at the front of the pack as he handed off to Tyson Molitor (Jr., Belgrade, Minn.), who then took the lead in the final 100 meters of his leg. Anchor Brent Nelson (Sr., New London, Minn.) then held on to the lead and secured the MIAC championship in the premiere relay for the Pipers.

Pipers also placed third, fourth, fifth, and eighth in the hammer throw. Andrew Schlichting (So., North Oaks, Minn.) had an NCAA provisional toss of 53.70 meters (176-2) to finish third. Nate Bell’s throw of 49.95 meters (163-10) was good for fourth, Brennan McKeag (So., Lakeville, Minn.) was fifth with a throw of 49.75 meters (163-2), and Derall King (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) was eighth with a toss of 47.11 meters (154-6).

In the discus, King placed fourth with a throw of 45.52 meters (149-4). Nik Hawley (Jr., Saint Paul Park, Minn.) was eighth with a throw of 43.18 meters (141-8).

The sprinters also had top times in the open events as Molitor and Nelson ran NCAA provisional qualifying races in the 400-meter dash. Molitor was third in 48.30 and Nelson was fourth in 48.42. Nelson also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a finish of 22.09.

Marnach was third in the 200-meter dash in 21.85, edging out Nelson’s school record of 21.87, and was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.4.

Ian Bauer (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) ran to a third-place finish in the 5000-meter run in 15:06.49 while Devin Monson (So., Thompson, N.D.) ran a 4:01.39 race in the 1500-meter run to finish sixth.

A trio of Piper jumpers finished in the top seven in the triple jump, led by Ben Johnson’s (So., Roseville, Minn.) third place leap of 14.18 meters (46-6 ¼). Dan Johnson (Jr., Granite Falls, Minn.) placed fourth at 13.78 meters (45-2 ½), and Christian Kibler (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) was seventh with a jump of 13.41 meters (44-0).

The Piper 400-meter relay team of Dan Holmgren (Jr., Andover, Minn.), Javan Copley (So., Shoreview, Minn.), Sunderland, and Orlando Sanchez (Fy., North St. Paul, Minn.) finished sixth in 43.04.

Hamline’s 3200-meter relay team of Jamison Hull (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.), Willman, Chris Reisdorfer (Fy., Adrian, Minn.), and Monson finished in sixth in 8:08.82.

The Pipers tallied 155.0 points, finishing second to St. Thomas’ 178.5 points.

Results: http://www.miac-online.org/documents/2010/5/14/miacmenod10.html?id=1806