Hamline News

May 23, 2009

Pipers race to All-American status at nationals

Andy Marnach (Jr., Hokah, Minn.), Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.), Tyson Molitor (So., Belgrade, Minn.) and Brent Nelson (Jr., New London, Minn.) combined to best the 24-year old school record of 3:13.77 by more than a second. That record was set in 1985 by Dave Ryan, Cliff James, Mike Mueller, and Brent Langford.

Marnach, Luehman, Molitor and Nelson finished as All-Americans with a fourth-place finish in the 1600-meter finals in 3:12.66.

Half of the eight teams in the finals were from the MIAC with St. Thomas winning, Bethel finishing second and Gustavus running to a fifth place finish behind Hamline.

Gleason (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) ran to his All-American status in the 1500-meter run with a fourth place finish in 3:53.86. He finished less than half a second behind the winner, who posted a time of 3:53.41.

This was Gleason's second All-American finish in his senior year. He finished 13th at the NCAA Division III cross country nationals last fall.

Derall King (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) competed in the shot put today, throwing 15.47 meters (50-9 1/4) in the preliminaries, but didn't qualify for the finals.