Tommie men make it 34-of-34 at conference indoor

Photo by Nathan Lodermeier
Photo by Nathan Lodermeier

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St. Thomas swept the team championships for both genders in MIAC Indoor Track and Field for the 19th consecutive season. The two-day competition concluded Saturday at Macalester's Leonard Center. 

Coach Steve Mathre's Tommie men made it 34 team titles in the 34-year history of the event as they topped runner-up Carleton, 168-123. Bethel (98) and Hamline (81) also closed in the top four of the 11-team field.

In 23 seasons under Mathre, UST men's track and field has won 40 of 45 possible MIAC team crowns indoors and outdoors.

Mathre's team started the final day with a 28-point lead but outscored Carleton 78-65 over Saturday's nine events. St. Thomas scored in 17 of 20 men's events, led by three victories, eight runners-up and three thirds. The team received points from 25 different athletes over the 20 events.

Tommie women won for the 19th year in a row with 171.5 points to 88 for runner-up Bethel, 87 for St. Olaf, and 78.5 for fourth-place Carleton. St. Thomas had five firsts, five runners-up and four third and scored in 18 of 20 events.

This marks the 81st conference team championship in cross country or indoor and outdoor track for 38th-year St. Thomas coach Joe Sweeney. That includes 31 of the 34 women's indoor conference meets contested.

In regular-season MIAC team championships, St. Thomas now has 424 all-time. That includes seven of the eight winter sports, and 11 of the 16 so far in 2017-18.


Individual leaders include:

  • Junior Conor White scored 25 individual points on the weekend as he placed in all three jump events plus the 60 dash.
  • Senior Chris Mueller had a hand in 28 points led a by a second in the 600 and a second on the 4x400 relay anchor.
  • Junior Nick Spann had a hand in 24 points with a win in the triple jump, a second in the long jump and a leg of the third-place 4x200.
  • Senior Preston Huddleston added 14 points wih the heptathlon win and points in the long jump and high jump.

On Saturday, the Tommies scored in eight on nine events led by 21 in the long jump; 13 in the 1000; 13 points in the high jump; eight in the 4x400; and six in the 4x200 relay.

White (22-9 1-4), Spann (22-9) and Huddleston (20-11 1-4) went 1-2-8 in the long jump.

Freshman high jumper Jake Kelly cleared 6-5 for second, with Conor White taking fifth in 6-1 1-2, and Preston Huddleston eighth in 6-0 1-2.

In the 600, Mueller was second (1:21.57) and Samuel Karlson took seventh (1:23.74).

The 4x400 team of James Skidmore, Jonah Schoenfelder, Karlson and Mueller took second in 3:27.73.

The 4x200 team of James Skidmore, Chris Mueller, Nick Spann and Ryan Neville took third, just one second out of first.

In the shot put, David Danhauer (49-10) and Gage O'Brien (47-10) placed sixth and eighth.

Wachter (2:30.04) and Kozlowski (2:30.70) placed 2-4 in the 1000.

Neville placed sixth in the 200 (22.91).




Friday story

St. Thomas Men's Track and Field holds a 28-point lead near the halfway point of the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day competition at Macalester's Leonard Center concludes on Saturday with all finals.

UST (90), Bethel (62) and Carleton (58) hold the top three team spots with 11 of 20 events completed.

The top eight placers in each event score on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

In Thursday's multi-event, Tommie senior Preston Huddleston took first out of 20 entrants with 4757 points, 84 better than runner-up James Moyer of Bethel. Adam Rikkers (4266) and Jordan Johnson (4196) placed fifth and seventh as the Toms collected 16 team points. Huddleston placed second in 2017 with 4817 points and came into the meet seeded 15th in Division III at 4746 for his previous season best.

UST junior Nick Spann led an 18-point team showing in the triple jump as he won in 46-4. Junior Conor White (44-6) and senior Luke Van Zuilen (44-3 1-2) placed fourth and sixth. White added six more points with a third in the 60 dash.

The Toms scored 11 points in the 60 hurdles as Austin Coates (8.57) placed second and Nick Hasler (8.80) took sixth.

In the 400, UST also score nine points as Chris Mueller placed third (49.64) and James Skidmore took sixth (50.55).

Eric Holst added eight points in the weight throw as he placed second (58-5 3-4). Austin Jochum placed seventh.

Freshman Carl Kozlowski (1:55.9) placed second in the 800 to lead a 2-6-8 showing for 12 points. Other Tommie scorers there were Jess Palyan (1:58.16) and Chase Graff (2:01.79). 

Karl Wachter placed third in the mile (4:18.5) for six points.

UST placed seventh in the distance medley relay in 10:47 with Scott Helstad, and Collin Kiley.