March 06, 2009

Wilkerson wins MIAC weight throw championship

Wilkerson became the MIAC champion in the weight throw after an NCAA provisional toss of 16.95 meters (55-7 1/2). He led a group of Piper throwers that took six of the top nine spots in the weight throw.

Andy Norman (So., Winona, Minn.) also threw an NCAA provisional toss and earned All-MIAC honors in the weight throw, finishing second with a throw of 16.84 meters (55-3).

Andrew Schlicting (Fy., Shoreview, Minn.), Derall King (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and Nate Bell (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.) earned All-Conference honorable mention honors for sweeping the fourth through sixth place spots in the weight throw.

Schlicting was fourth with a throw of 16.17 meters (53-3/4), King was fifth at 16.13 meters (52-11), and Bell was sixth at 15.90 meters (52-2). Brenna McKeag (Fy., Lakeville, Minn.) was the sixth Piper to final in the event, finishing ninth with a throw of 15.43 meters (50-7 1/2).

The Pipers collected four additional All-MIAC individual performances and one honorable mention relay run on the day.

Brandon Gleason (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) and Ian Bauer (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) finished second in the mile run and 3,000-meter run, respectively. Gleason ran to the finish line in 4:23.55 in the mile while Bauer finished the 3,000 meters in 15:07.52.

Sprinters Clarence Suttle (So., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Brent Nelson (Jr., New London, Minn.) each posted a third-place finish. Suttle dashed to the line in 6.56 in the 55-meter distance while Nelson ran a 50.22 in the 400-meter dash.

The Pipers' distance medley relay team finish third with a time of 10:40.30.

The top three individual performances at the conference meet earn All-MIAC honors while the fourth through sixth place finishers earn honorable mention recognition. The first place relay team earns All-MIAC honors while second through sixth earn honorable mention status.

After one day of individual competition, the Pipers sit in second place in the 11-team competition with 68.5 points. St. Thomas leads with 90.0 points as the teams head into the final day of the conference championship on Saturday, March 7, at Concordia.