Hamline News

February 21, 2011

Pipers collect four MIAC athlete of the week honors

Jordan Van Gilder - Men's Hockey 

After his hat trick led the Hamline University men's hockey team to their second MIAC regular season championship in four years, Jordan Van Gilder was named a men's hockey co-athlete of week, the conference office announced today.

Van Gilder had three goals, including a short-handed score and the game-winner, in the Pipers' 7-4 victory on Saturday at Concordia.

The win put the Pipers are 22 points for the season and gave Hamline sole possession of the 2010-11 MIAC regular season title.

Hamline last won the conference championship during the 2007-08 season.

The Pipers are the #1 seed in the tournament. They host either the #4 (Gustavus Adolphus) or #5 (Augsburg) seed on Saturday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Warner Coliseum.

Jack Deichert - Men's Track  

Blake Springman - Men's Field 

Jack Deichert (Jr., Golden Valley, Minn.) is the indoor track athlete of the week while Blake Springman (Sr., Adrian, Minn.) claimed the honor for the field athletes, as Hamline University swept the MIAC men's track & field weekly honors, the conference office announced today.

Deichert's performance in the mile run at the University of Minnesota Snowshoe Open was the second best in the MIAC and in the top 20 in the nation, despite running in a slower heat with few runners at his pace.

At the U of M’s indoor meet, Deichert recorded a season-best time in the mile run with a time of 4:14.72. The time meets the NCAA provisional qualifying standard, and Deichert did it despite running alone for most of his mile from the slowest heat at the Snowshoe Open.

Springman is the third Piper thrower in five weeks to win the MIAC field athlete of the week honor. He was unseeded in the weight throw at the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open, but with a new personal best throw, he finished ninth and moved up the MIAC performance list.
 
With his throw of 16.90 meters, or 55-05.00, Springman set a new personal best by more than two meters, which is a great accomplishment for the Hamline senior. His distance moved him up to No. 4 on the MIAC’s 2011 performance lists, and he just missed the provisional qualifying distance for the NCAA Division III Championships. The top-10 finish at the U of M was impressive considering the level of competition in the field.

Deichert, Springman, and the Pipers will travel to one of their final indoor meets of the regular season Saturday when they head south to Northfield to compete at St. Olaf. Hamline will also compete in Macalester’s Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, Feb. 25, as its final tune-up before the MIAC Indoor Championships. The MIAC indoor meet will be held March 3-5 at St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center.

Robyn Wernberg - Women's Field 

Robyn Wernberg (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.) had a strong performance at the University of Minnesota on Saturday and as a result, is the MIAC women's field athlete of the week, the conference office announced today.

Wernberg's honor marks the third time in five weeks that a Piper women's thrower has earned this honor.

On Saturday, she finished third in the weight throw, setting a new personal best and jumping to No. 2 in the MIAC this season in the process.

Wernberg recorded a distance of 15.82 in the weight throw, or 51-11.00. That distance is the best of her career by almost a full meter over her previous record, which she set last year as a junior. Despite competing against a field loaded with Division I, II and III competition, Wernberg was able to earn a spot in the top three. Her distance meets the NCAA Division provisional qualifying standard for nationals, and it currently ranks 29th in Division III in 2011.

Wernberg and the Pipers will travel to one of their final indoor meets of the regular season Saturday when they head across town to the University of Minnesota Parents Day Open. Hamline will also compete in Macalester’s Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, Feb. 25, as its final tune-up before the MIAC Indoor Championships. The MIAC indoor meet will be held March 3-5 at St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center.