Hamline News

March 05, 2010

Pipers win trio of titles on opening day of MIAC championships

At the conference championships, the first three finishers are All-MIAC and places four through six are honorable mention all-conference.

First-year Shaise Schuette (Anoka, Minn.) had an impressive debut as a Piper, taking the championship in the pole vault. He was the lone competitor to clear 4.60 meters (15-1), and narrowly missed the NCAA provisional height of 15-5.

Ian Bauer (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) opened up the evening's running events with an NCAA provisional qualifying run in the 5,000-meters in 14:52.94. Devin Monson (So., Thompson, N.D.) was third in 15:09.65 and Ellis Richardson (So., Roseville, Minn.) tallied points for the Pipers by finishing seventh in 15:21.98.

Junior Derall King (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) won the weight throw with an NCAA automatic qualifying toss of 18.75 meters (61-6 1/4). Andrew Schlichting (So., North Oaks, Minn.) was third at 17.30 meters (56-9 1/4) and Aaron Wilkerson (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) placed fifth with a throw of 16.98 meters (55-8 1/2). Both Schlichting and Wilkerson had NCAA provisional throws.

Brennan McKeag (So., Lakeville, Minn.) placed sixth with a toss of 16.41 meters (53-10 1/4) and Nate Bell (Sr., St. Peter, Minn.) was eighth at 16.21 meters (53-2 1/4) as the Pipers secured five of the eight points-scoring positions in the weight throw.

King's victory also ensured that a Piper won the weight throw in back-to-back years. Wilkerson was the 2009 champion.

Jack Diechert (So., Golden Valley, Minn.) placed fourth in the mile run in 4:19.23 and Matt Warhol (Jr., Andover, Minn.) was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.17.

Andy Marnach (Sr., Hokah, Minn.) added an all-conference honorable mention run in the 400-meter dash, finishing sixth in 50.81.

Ian Campbell (So., Blooming Prairie, Minn.) added points for the Pipers with a seventh place finish in the 800-meter run in 1:57.68. Ben Johnson (So., Roseville, Minn.) also scored points by finishing eight in the long jump with a leap of 6.34 meters (20-9 3/4).

The Pipers' distance medley relay team of Brendan Ruter (Fy., New London, Minn.), Dan Holmgren (Jr., Andover, Minn.), Christian Willman (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.), and Jamison Hull (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) ended the night with a fifth place finish of 10:28.96.

Hamline is in second place in the standings with 72.0 points. St. Thomas leads with 90 points.

The second day of the MIAC championships will take place tomorrow at Carleton.

MIAC Championships Website