March 09, 2010

Five All-American Pipers set to return to nationals

King (Jr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) will compete in both the weight throw and the shot put this weekend at DePauw University in Indiana.

King won the MIAC championship in the weight throw on Friday night with a school record toss of 18.75 meters (61-6 1/4). On Saturday, King placed second in the shot put on Saturday with a throw of 16.31 meters (53-6 1.4).

During the 2009 indoor national meet, King became an All-American, placing fifth with a throw of 16.14 meters (52-11 1/2).

He is one of 14 qualifiers scheduled to participate in the weight throw finals on Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m. He will be one of 16 qualifiers in the shot put competing on Saturday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m.

The Piper 1600-meter relay team of Andy Marnach (Sr., Hokah, Minn.), Tyson Molitor (Jr., Belgrade, Minn.), Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.) and Brent Nelson (Sr., New London, Minn.) qualified for nationals with a school record run of 3:19.10 earlier this season at the University of Minnesota.

The previous indoor record (3:20.84) had been set 27 years ago in 1982 by Cliff James, Robert Wasiluk, Bob Veenhuis, and Sam Ocel.

Marnach, Molitor, Luehman, and Nelson already have one All-American credit and the Hamline outdoor record after finishing fourth in the 1600-meter relay at outdoor nationals last May in 3:12.66. They bested the 24-year old school record of 3:13.77 by more than a second. That record was set in 1985 by Dave Ryan, James, Mike Mueller, and Brent Langford.

Christian Swanberg (Jr., Lindstrom, Minn.) will travel with the team as an alternate.

The 1600-meter relay is the final event of the meet with the men scheduled to start at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.

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