The Hamline Track and Field teams ended the 2011-12 athletic season on a decidedly positive note. The men's team finished with 20 points and in 12th place overall at the NCAA Meet In Claremont, Calif. -- easily the best result of any MIAC school there. The women garnered eight points to tie for 28th with St. Thomas -- again the top showing for a conference school.
When it came to individual All-American honors, however, the Pipers easily came out on top. Hamline's five individual AA efforts represented the best performance by a MIAC school among the track elites. St. Thomas earned three, Bethel two with Augsburg, Carleton, Gustavus and Concordia grabbing one apiece. Devin Monson was the loop's only double individual winner, taking home third place in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Jack Deichert closed fast to finish second in the 1,500 Meter race -- the best finish by a Hamline runner in a NCAA event since Tom Kreger was second in the Indoor 5,000 Meter final in 2003. It was an outstanding finish for two seniors who have been warriors in track and cross country
Becky Culp got the meet off to a great start when the junior recorded a third place finish in the Discus. Brenna Coyle wrapped up her HU career with a seventh place effort in the Hammer Throw. (Freshman Shawny Kramer provided a glimpse of the future with a 11th place performance in the Hammer.)
All in all, it was a great end to a great season for the Piper tracksters.