Hamline University

Field Events Key To Women's Track Hopes At MIAC Meet

Literally speaking, Hamline hopes to field a strong effort at this weekend's MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Macalester.

 Brenna Coyle, the defending indoor champ and Shawny Kramer have been 1-2 nearly all season in the Weight Throw. Coyle’s throw of 57 0 ¾ is nearly five feet better than anybody else has done this year.   She has been named MIAC Field Indoor Athlete Of the Week twice this winter. Becky Culp, who ranks first in the Shot Put, is also a Top Ten Thrower and has also been named an AOTW on one occasion.  Culp finished second in this event last year.

In fact, the Pipers are so deep in the Weight Throw that they head into this weekend’s meet with six of the top 11 efforts recorded this year.

HU is nearly as deep in the Shot Put. In addition to Culp, Kramer, Erin Urbanowicz and Jerri Koltveit are all among the top 11 performances this year. In the Pole Vault, Carly Braun’s best effort of 10-11 ¾ is only sour inches shy of the top leap of the year. Braun was third in last year’s meet

On the track side, senior Kaitlyn Frenchick has been the Pipers’ best sprinter. Her time of 1:38.34 is tops in the 600 meter event and she ranks fourth (but less than three seconds from first) in the 800 Meter Dash. Sophomore Maria Theisen has also been a Top Ten all year in the 1000 Meter Run and the Mile.  The same is true for junior Christina Walker in the 55 Meter and 200 Meter dash.

Last year, Hamline tied Gustavus for third place with 88 points. The strong field contingent combined with better track times this year may make them a threat to move up the ladder in 2012.

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