Brennan McKeag broke his own school record in the hammer throw as the Hamline University men's track and field team competed in the opening day of the MIAC championships at Gustavus Adolphus College.
At the end of the first day, the Piper men are in fourth place with 35.0 points. Saint John's leads with 67.0 points.
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.
McKeag’s new school record in the hammer throw was an NCAA provisional and earned him a third place finish, as he threw 58.37 meters (191-6). Andrew Schlichting also had a provisional throw at 53.79 meters (176-5), placing fourth. Blake Springman was sixth with a throw of 51.09 meters (167-7).
Springman finished fourth in the discus throw, throwing 43.84 meters (143-10).
On the track, Ellis Richardson placed second in the 10,000 meter run in 32:40.77. The 3200-meter relay team also placed second, as Devin Monson, Ian Campbell, Brendan Ruter, and Jack Diechert ran the relay in 7:46.52.
Qualifying for Saturday’s finals were Hamline’s 400-meter relay team, Ian Campbell and Jack Deichert in the 1500-meter run, Andy Marnach in the 400-meter dash, and Christian Swanberg in the 100- and 400-meter dashes.
The second day of the championships begins at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.