Becky Culp picked a good time to make her best Discus throw of the year. The junior threw 45.08m (147.9 feet) to finish in third place at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Burns Stadium. Culp, who will also compete in the Shot Put on May 26, finished second in her first heat to Mount Union’s Aubree Jones, who later threw 46.88m to win the event.
Culp's throw was nearly two feet better than her previous best effort of 43- 5 ¾m on March 17 -- also in California at the PLU Invitational. The Pipers get six points for her finish and stand in a four-way tie for sixth place after one day of the three-day event.
Later in the day, Devin Monson matched Culp's feat with a third place finish in the 10,000 Meter run. The senior started slowly but picked up the pace near the midway point and closely trailed Tim Nelson of Wisconsin-Stout, the eventual winner, for several laps before giving way to finish in a time of 30:36.73.
Culp and Monson's efforts marked the best finish by Hamline participants at the NCAA D-III Track and Field Championships since Tom Kreger finished second in the 5,000 Meter race in 2003.
Jack Deichert qualified for the1500 Meter final on Saturday, May 26 by winning his heat in a time of 3:52.02, the best time recorded. The senior was in sixth place heading into the final turn but made a late surge to move past the field.
Both Deichert and Monson will also be competing on May 26 in the 5,000 Meter Run.
On Friday, May 25, Hamline's other trio of competitors springs into action.
At 2:05 p.m. local time (4:05 p.m. CDT), Brennan McKeag takes up the Hammer Throw.. The only MIAC competitor in the20-man field, Brennan's best effort of 58.19m (190-11) sits as 11th best in the country. Interestingly, this occurred the last time the Pipers competed in California -- at the PLU Invitational March 17. It is roughly 16 feet short of the best throw of the spring in D-III.
Brenna Coyle and Shawny Kramer will have to wait a while to have their supper. At 5:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. CDT), the pair will be competing in the Hammer. Like her fellow senior McKeag, Coyle took to the California air very well on March 17, throwing 52.79m (173-2), the 10th best throw of the year in Division III. Kramer, the only freshman competing among the 22 participants in this event, is currently one place behind Coyle with a 52.71m (172-11) effort that was good enough to win the MIAC Championship a couple of weeks ago. The top throw this year is 193-5.
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