A year ago, the Pipers scored 137 points but came up four short to St. John's in a bid to win their first MIAC Men's Track and Field title since 1982. This year, they improved their point total to 153 but still had to settle for second place at the annual event, held this year in Moorhead. St. Thomas won with 187 points.
HU recorded four victories, a second place and five third place finishes on the day to account for the improved point total. It marked the third year the Pipers have finished second in this meet.
Jack Deichert made his farewell visit to the conference meet a memorable one. He started his day with a win in the 1500 Meters. His clocking of 3:53.52 was seven seconds faster than his qualifying time the day before. He followed that win up with an impressive effort to claim the 5000 meter crown (15:16.68). it was a HU dominated race as Devin Monson came in third and Ellis Richardson finished fourth.
Ben Johnson started the day off on the right foot with a 46-3 leap that was good enough to win the Triple Jump. Andrew Schlicting heaved the Hammer 178-2 to win the title in that event.
Arthur Moore served notice he may be a factor for years to come in the 400 Meter dash. The freshman came in a close second in a time of 55.03.
Mark Volker was third in the Pole Vault (14-9). Nik Hawley had the same slot in the Discus (146-4) as did Nate Dobbins in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase (9:28.01). Other notable efforts: the 4 x 100 meter team of Derrick Mora, DL Weil, Derek Wilson and Taylor King finished third but less than three-tenths of a second from victory. Weil was fifth in the 200 Meters while Wilson was sixth in the 100 Meters. Christian Willman was eighth in the 400 Meters.
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