November 04, 2009

Paul Schmaedeke named MIAC men's cross country coach of the year

Schmaedeke guided the Pipers to the MIAC Men's Cross Country Championship with a team total of 61 points. In his 22nd season, Schmaedeke's Pipers won their first MIAC title since 2005 and second since 1977.

"I can't think of a coach more deserving of this award," said Hamline director of athletics Bob Beeman. "Paul Schmaedeke epitomizes what it means to be an educator and our student-athletes are fortunate to have the privilege of working with him during their college career."

Five Hamline runners finished in the top twenty, and all seven scorers were in the top thirty. Hamline is currently ranked second in the Central Region.

Three Pipers earned all-conference honors for placing in the top 15 at the championship meet. Ian Bauer (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) placed second at the meet, Devin Monson (So., Thompson, N.D.) was sixth, and Jamison Hull (Sr., Forest Lake, Minn.) finished 15th.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the fourth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for Men's Cross Country. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

Andrew Johnson (Jr., Andover, Minn.) was named Hamline's member of the MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

The Pipers will host the non-scored Burning Spear Mile run at Klas Field on Friday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. as they train for the Central Region Championships on Saturday, November 14, at Grinnell College (Iowa).