Hamline News

May 08, 2009

Pipers dominate throws, sit in second after day one

Aaron Wilkerson (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) and Andy Norman (So., Winona, Minn.) finished with All-MIAC honors in placing second and third, respectively, with NCAA provisional tosses in the hammer throw.

The top three competitors in each event earn All-MIAC honors while places four through six earn All-MIAC honorable mention status.

Wilkerson threw 53.84 meters (176-8) while Norman tossed 52.58 meters (172-6).

Nate Bell (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.) was honorable mention all-conference after finishing fifth in the hammer throw at 49.55 meters (162-6).

In the discus throw, Norman earned his second All-MIAC honor of the day with a throw of 45.61 meters (149-7) to finish second.

Derek Synan-Peterson (Jr., Forest Lake, Minn.) and Derall King (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) were all-conference honorable mention in the discus. Synan-Peterson finished fourth with a throw of 43.06 meters (141-3) and King was sixth at 42.59 meters (139-8).

Several events held preliminary heats on Friday with numerous Pipers qualifying for Saturday's finals.

Brandon Gleason (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) will attempt to defend his MIAC title in the 1500-meter run at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday after running a 4:40.87 in the prelims.

Pipers will occupy three of eight lanes in the 400-meter dash finals at 3:25 p.m. Brent Nelson (Jr., New London, Minn.) qualified with a time of 49.17, Tyson Molitor (So., Belgrade, Minn.) ran a 49.35 and Andy Marnach (Jr., Hokah, Minn.) qualified in 49.84.

Nelson also qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash at 4:20 p.m. He is the Hamline school record holder at that distance both indoors and outdoors. He ran a preliminary time of 22.02.

Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.) qualified for the 4:00 p.m. finals in the 400-meter hurdles with a run of 56.12.

Also qualifying for the finals is the 400-meter relay team of Molitor, Ryan Sunderland (So., Blaine, Minn.), Dan Holmgren (So., Andover, Minn.) and Nelson. They sprinted to a time of 42.75 in their preliminary heat.

Hamline sits in second place after the opening day with 44 points. Saint John's leads the field with 67 points.

The championships will resume Saturday, May 9. Field events begin at 1:00 p.m. and track events at 2:00 p.m. A complete schedule may be found by clicking here.