Maybe it was because the weather -- rainy and cold -- resembled what is normally the case in Minnesota in March. Hamline's track teams started the outdoor season on a winning note, claiming seven individual titles at the Point Loma Invitational near San Diego Saturday. The men's and women's team each claimed four winners in the non-scoring event that included teams from Navy, St. Thomas, Wisconsin-Stout, San Diego, Azusa Pacific and the host school, Point Loma Pacific.
Brennan McKeag picked up where he left off in the indoor season, winning a pair of events. McKeag heaved the Shot Put 51.-01.75 feet and unloaded the Hammer 190-11 to win top honors. Jack Deichert ran the 1500 Meters in 4:03.33, winning by nearly two seconds. Luke Johannessen took the 400 Meter crown in a time of 56.66, a mere .15 seconds ahead of the second place finisher from St. Thomas.
On the women's side, Brenna Coyle led a 1-2-3 HU finish in the Hammer, tossing it 173-02, besting teammates Shawny Kramer and Becky Culp, who weren't far behind. Culp claimed her own crown, winning the Shot Put with a 43-05.75 effort. Laura Roach outlasted the field to take the 3000 Meter Steeplechase by more than a minute with a winning time of 11:31.80 and Maria Theisen zipped to victory in the 1500 Meters. Her time of 4:51.65 was good enough to win by nearly five seconds.
Complete Results Here