On May 3, HU freshman Shawny Kramer was honored as Co-Rookie Of The Year among the school's female athletes. A week later, the freshman from Watkins, Minn. stood by herself. Kramer heaved the Hammer 172-11 to set a meet record and defeat a talented field and become a rare first-year winner at the MIAC Track and Field Meet in Moorhead. She was one of two Pipers who scored victories in field events on the opening day of the meet. Junior Becky Culp claimed the Discus Throw title with a 146-6 performance, the top effort by a MIAC performer this spring.
The double win helped Hamline to a second place standing after one day of the two-day event.. The Pipers finished the day with 44 points, four behind Gustavus Adolphus.
The majority of the running finals (as well as some field finals) will be held Saturday.
Kramer won her event by edging out senior teammate Brenna Coyle, who finished second with a 169-11 effort. Coyle had set the old meet record when she won the event last year (171-5). Culp finished fourth (156-6) and Erin Urbanowicz came in ninth.
An hour later, it was Culp's turn to shine with a winning throw was nearly eight feet farther than her nearest competitor. It currently stands as the sixth best throw this year by a Division III competitor. Coyle came in fifth at 132-4.
In addition to the field events, preliminaries were held in the track events. Maria Theisen has made it to Saturday's finals in the 800 and 1500 Meter races. Kaitlyn Frenchick advanced to the finals of the 400 Meter Hurdles as did the 4 x 100 Meter team of Claire Dudley, Adrianne Acosta, Alana Profit and Keelie Sorensen.
You can read the results of all the events by clicking here.