March 13, 2010

King, 1600-meter relay team record All-American finishes

The Piper 1600-meter relay team finished eighth with a time of 3:19.71. The same four athletes that raced in Indiana were All-Americans in the NCAA outdoor championships last year.

Hamline won their three-team heat in the timed finals, competing against St. Thomas and McMurray. Andy Marnach (Sr., Hokah, Minn.) handled the first leg for the Pipers, coming to the first exchange even with St. Thomas, and then Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.) took the lead during the second leg.

Coming out of the second exchange, McMurray held a lead into the final turn before Tyson Molitor (Jr., Belgrade, Minn.) took over as he handed off to the Piper anchor, Brent Nelson (Sr., New London, Minn.). Nelson cruised to the finish ahead of St. Thomas.

King was an All-American in the shot put in 2009 and in the weight throw yesterday. Earlier in the afternoon he recorded his seventh-place throw in his second-to-last toss of the day.

He qualified for the finals with a throw of 16.26 meters (53-4 1/4) and then hit 16.51 meters (54-2) in the finals.

NCAA Championships Website