It's not all that often that Division III tracksters get to rub elbows with their Division I counterparts. It's even rarer when they beat them . But such was the case last weekend as five Hamline runners went to the GINA Relays in Hillsdale, Michigan -- and came home with impressive results.
Jack Deichert defeated a field that included runners from Eastern Michigan, Michigan State and the University of Detroit Mercy to win the 1500 Meter Open race. Deichert's time of 3:54.78 also lands him in the Top 20 in country for Division III runners this spring.
Devin Monson nearly matched Deichert. Running in the 10,000 Meters open event, Monson finished second in a time of 29:37.13 ... less than one second from first place. Monson did more than just best runners from schools like Kent State and Ohio University. His time is the third best clocking in the country in Division III this spring in this event and all but assures him of a berth in the NCAA Division III meet in late May. It also shattered the school record by nearly 42 seconds. Monson's teammate, Ellis Richardson, checked in at 30:45.56, finishing in 10th place. That time currently ranks 23rd in the country in that event.
Nate Dobbins finished in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase Open Run. Dobbins' time of 9:29. 69 was .07 behind the second place finisher and stands 34th in the country.
DJ Weil ran seventh in the 400 Meter Open race in a time of 50.02, a mere second and a half out of first place. Weil also finished 15th in the 200 Meter race. His time of 22.90 was only .82 out of first place and .14 from being in the Top Ten.
Complete GINA Relays here