It was a whale of a finish to the track and field season for Jack Deichert and Devin Monson. The seniors earned All-American honors with impressive efforts at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Claremont, Calif. May 26.
Deichert came roaring from the back of the pack to finish second in the 1500 Meter race. The Golden Valley, Minn. senior had an impressive kick down the stretch in recording the highest finish by a HU runner in a national meet since Tom Kreger finished second in the Indoor 5000 Meter race in 2003. Deichert stayed in the back of the pack for most of the race before exploding late to finish less than a second behind Dan Sullivan of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His time of 3:55.86 was a couple seconds off the time he recorded on Thursday during the qualifying heats.
Two hours later, Monson duplicated his third place finish in the 10,000 Meter race May 24 in the 5000 Meter race. Like Deichert, he was well off the pace and kicked it in gear on the final lap to close to third place. His time of 14:21.78 was six seconds behind Tim Nelson of Wis-Stout, who also won the 10,000 Meter race. It marked the first time ever a Piper runner has earned a pair of All-American honors.
It was also the first time HU ever came home with an All-American in the Outdoor 5000 Meter race.
The Piper men finished the meet with 20 points, good for a tie for 11th place overall and the most of any MIAC school.
Becky Culp, who earned All-American honors with a third place finish in the Discus on May 24, was 12th in the Shot Put on May 26. Her best effort of 43-03 was a foot short of qualifying for the finals. The women's team finished in a tie for 28th overall with eight points. Brenna Coyle earned All-American status with her seventh place effort in the Hammer May 25.
Complete meet results can be found here.