Brenna Coyle used an NCAA provisional qualifying throw to win the weight throw championship as the Hamline University women's track & field team sits in fourth place after the opening day of the MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
At the conference championships, the first three finishers are All-MIAC and places four through six are honorable mention all-conference. The top eight finishers score points in the meet standings for the team.
Coyle (Jr., Lindstrom, Minn.) had an NCAA provisional toss of 54-11 1/4 (16.74 meters) to win the weight throw championship. Robyn Wernberg (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.) took third place with a throw of 51-3 3/4 (15.64 meters). Becky Culp (Jr., Lindstrom, Minn.) placed fifth with a throw of 50-3 1/4 (15.32 meters).
Jessica Kociscak (Sr., Anoka, Minn.) finished third in the mile run with a time of 5:20.18 while Sara Holland (Sr., Dousman, Wis.) was sixth in 5:21.84.
Christina Walker (So., Katy, Texas) broke her own school record and scored points for the Pipers in the 55-meter dash, finishing sixth in 7.45. She set the record at 7.48 just last week at Macalester.
In the 800-meter run, Kaitlyn Frenchick (Jr., Paynesville, Minn.) placed eighth in 2:22.66.
The Pipers finished off the evening with a fourth-place run in the distance medley relay. The team of Kociscak, Emily Brown-Phillips (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.), Asha Ghassemiouel (Fy., Mendota Heights, Minn.), and Maria Theisen (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) ran to the finish in 12;50.44.
Hamline ended the first day of competition in fourth place with 44.0 points. St. Thomas leads the meet with 75.0 points.
The second day of the MIAC championships will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas.