2 days, 2 NCAA titles for Gapinski

2 days, 2 NCAA titles for Gapinski

St. Thomas All-America Emily Gapinski added 10 more team points Saturday with her first individual national title at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Grinnell, Iowa.

Gapinski won the mile in 4:52.28, two seconds ahead of runner-up Hannah Chappell-Dick of Eastern Mennonite. In three national meets over the last 53 weeks, Gapinski now has two relay championships, one first and one second.

Gapinski's mile anchor in the Friday's distance-medley relay let UST take first in 10:47.04. Coach Joe Sweeney's small contingent scored 20 points, good for seventh place n the final team standings.

Tommie senior thrower Matt Schauer won his first All-America honor as he placed eighth in Saturday's shot put and claimed one team point. Schaeuer threw 54-2 1-2, an indoor career best.

 

Friday story

St. Thomas All-America Emily Gapinski ran the mile-anchor and lifted UST's distance medley relay to first place for the second year in a row at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Grinnell, Iowa.

The all senior team of Megan Terukina, Summer Ellefson, Aimee Junget and Gapinski clocked 11:47.04 and claimed 10 team points.

Williams, Haverford and Middlebury were in a tight pack three seconds behind and placed 2-3-4.

St. Thomas, seeded 10th in the race, was nearly bumped from the 12-team NCAA field last weekend due to last-chance entires around the country.

The second-seeded Gapinski also qualified with the second-best mile time Friday in the mile and will run in the Saturday afternoon finals.