May 14, 2011

Pipers take trio of championships on second day of MIAC meet

Andrew Johnson, Jack Deichert, and Brennan McKeag all brought home individual event championships as the Hamline University men's track and field team placed second by just four points at the MIAC championships at Gustavus Adolphus. 

Hamline tallied 137.0 points to 141.0 from Saint John's, finishing second by the most narrow of margins.

The top three individual finishers in each event are All-MIAC while places four through six are All-Conference Honorable Mention. The first place relay team is All-MIAC while second through sixth are honorable mention.

Andrew Johnson was Hamline's first MIAC champ at the 2011 outdoor track & field championship - he won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:26.66.

Jack Deichert added to the title count as he won the 1500-meter run in 3:59.91. Ian Campbell was fourth in the same event with a time of 4:02.52.

Then in field events, Hamline placed four in the top six in the shot put – including the champion. Brennan McKeag won the event with a throw of 16.27 meters (53-4 ½). Joe Morelli finished second with a put of 14.27 meters (46-10) and Derall King was fifth at 13.92 meters (45-8). Blake Springman rounded out the Piper points scorers in the shot put with a throw of 13.77 meters (45-2 ½) to finish sixth.

Andy Marnach took second in the 200-meter dash in 22.67 and Christian Swanberg was seventh in 23.25. In the 400-meter dash, Marnach placed third with a time of 48.82 and Swanberg was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.547.

The Pipers' 1600-meter relay team placed third in 3:19.91.

In the 5000-meter run, Devin Monson was sixth in 15:28.67and Ellis Richardson was seventh in 15:30.71.

John Yates threw 162-3 and Trevor Davis threw 157-5, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the javelin.

In the high jump, Amani Lee cleared 1.86 meters (6-1 ¼) to finish sixth.