When the Hamline Pipers return home from the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Meet this Sunday, they will be lugging home more stuff than they took to California.
And that's a good thing.
Brenna Coyle capped a brilliant career at HU with a seventh place finish in the Hammer May 25 at Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif. The senior joins Becky Culp and Devin Monson (who finished third in the Discus and 10,000 meter race respectively) as an All-American. Coyle threw 52.18m (171-02), finishing three feet behind sixth place Brenna Strupp of Wis-Oshkosh. That was the same distance she threw in the first flight to qualify Shawny Kramer, the only freshman in the field, was 11th with a 50.14m (164-06), just missing advancing to the championship round.
The Piper women now have eight total points and are part of a three-way tie for seventh place overall. The Pipers' point total is the most recorded by a women's team at a NCAA outdoor meet since 1998 when they gained six points and finished 39th overall. That year, the meet was held at Macalester.
On the men's side, Brennan McKeag was 13th in the Hammer with a 55.05m performance (180-07). Like Kramer, he narrowly missed getting to the finals.
Three Pipers will be involved in championship finals on Saturday, May 26, the final day of the meet. Culp returns to the field to compete in the Shot Put (3:00 p.m. CDT). Ironically, her best effort of the year came March 17 at Point Loma near San Diego, throwing 13.25m (43-5 3/4). This is the top number recorded by a MIAC thrower this year. It also ties her for 19th best overall and is 5 1/2 feet from the best throw of the season in D-III.
Jack Deichert's final day as a Hamline athlete will be a busy one. The senior has double duty. He will run in the 1500 Meter final (5:00 p.m. CDT). Jack qualified for the final by running fastest time of any runner (3:52.02) in the two heats conducted May 24. Later, he will return to battle Monson (who also wraps up his brilliant HU career) and 18 others in the 5,000 Meter final (7:55 p.m. CDT). Like a good golfer breaking par, Monson's times have been headed in the right downward direction all spring. His 14:12.57 at North Central (Ill.) two weeks ago stands as a new school record and the fifth best in the land, a mere 15 seconds from the best recorded time this year. Deichert's 14:26.99 clocking in the same race also would have shattered the old mark and sits 13th overall.
To view today's total results, click here.
To watch Saturday's action online, clickhere. The online webcast is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. (CDT).