Hamline University
May 11, 2012

McKeag, Monson Triumphant At MIAC Meet

All year long, Brennan McKeag and Devin Monson has been ranked at the top of the MIAC leaderboard in their respective events. On Friday, at the MIAC Track and Field Championships, they showed why.

McKeag threw 52-2 1/2 feet to win the Shot Put by 16 inches over the field. It marked the second year in a row that the senior had bested the field in the event. Soph Joe Morelli came in third with a 49-9 effort.

Monson fought off a hard charge to win the 10,000 Meter Run in 32:17.13.  Ellis Richardson came in third (32:23.53). The double first-third finishes helped the Pipers to a second place standing after the first day of the two-day event with 43 points.

McKeag and Monson's performances were not the only highlights of the day. Earlier this week, HU coach Paul Schmaedeke was cautious in discussing how well the freshmen on his Track and Field team would do at the MIAC meet in Moorhead. "There's a maturity process that freshmen need to go through. They are often going against guys who are three or four years older than them," he said. "It's not easy to do."

Tell that to Derrick Mora, Luke Johannsen and Arthur Moore.  Mora finished fifth in the Long Jump while Johannsen and Moore qualified for Saturday's 400 Meter Hurdles Final. The pair are among a slew of HU runners who advanced to Saturday's championship races. Jack Deichert had the top qualifying time in the 1500 (4:00.56). Derek Wilson (11.17) is in the 100 Meter Finals and Christian Willman is in the field for the 400 Meter event with a 50.16 clocking. Mora, Wilson, DJ Weil and Taylor King will compete in the 4 x 100 final. Weil will also run in the 200 Meter final.

 To see all the results of the meet, click here.