It was no day of rest for several of the top college track and field runners in Minnesota. Hamline showed that part of being a good host doesn't necessarily extend to letting visitors win all the events. The Pipers won three men's events and two women's events and had several other strong finishers at the annual Hamline Invitational at Klas Field.
Although the meet was unscored, the event included teams from all levels of collegiate action. Against that backdrop, the Pipers had their a strong showing in field events in addition to a record-setting 5000 meter effort by Devin Monson.
Monson won his race in a time of 14:29.72, bettering the school mark of 14:36.54 set by Travis Bristow in 2007. Jack Deichert came in second (14:42) and Ellis Richardson (14:53.8) was fourth. HU nearly claimed another track event when Luke Johannsen came in second to Jon Lenz, who ran unattached in the 400 Meter Hurdles. Johannsen clocked in 56.45. Arthur Moore was fourth at 57.08.
The top HU performer of the day, however, was strongman Brennan McKeag, who earned a daily double when he triumphed in the Shot Put (51.04.25), defeating Joe Morelli, who was second with a 48-09 effort and the Hammer Throw with a 184-04 performance. Two other Piper made the top five in these events -- Ben Dvorak in the Shot Put (44-11) and Andrew Schlicting in the Hammer (163-07).
Shaie Schuette tied for third in the Pole Vauly (15-3). Travis Latzke was third in the Long Jump (22-3).
On the women's side. Brenna Coyle and Becky Culp were victorious. Coyle threw the Hammer 167-10. Teammate Shawny Kramer finished in a tie for fourth place (157-02).
Culp bested the field in the Discus with a 144-0 effort. Kramer finished sixth (123-03) and Coyle was seventh (118-03).