Murray, Sweeney gets top MIAC indoor T&F honors

Nathan Lodermeier photo
Nathan Lodermeier photo

MIAC news release


Conference champion St. Thomas Women's Indoor Track and Field received two of the four major awards in a vote of league coaches announced Thursday. The awards cover the Feb. 22-24 MIAC Championship meet held at Macalester, which resulted in a team title sweep for the Tommie women and men for the 19th year in a row.

St. Thomas senior sprinter/hurdler Katie Murray was named the meet's Outstanding Track Performer, while Joe Sweeney was named conference Coach of the Year.

Sweeney's women won the program's 19th consecutive title and 31st in 34 years. UST scored 171.5 points and topped runner-up Bethel (88) and 10 other teams. St. Thomas had five victories, scored in 18 of 20 events, and used points from 24 different athletes.

This marks the Tommies' 81st conference team championship of a possible 106 in cross country or indoor and outdoor track under Sweeney's guidance. That includes 31 of the 34 women's indoor conference meets contested and 33 of 36 outdoor crowns.

Murray has been a part of 100.5 points on her career in seven MIAC meets (relays and individual), including nine top-two finishes. After contributing to 13 points at the 2017 meet and 15 points at the 2017 outdoor meet, Murray had a hand on 36 points last weekend with a win in the 4x200 relay, a win in the 200 dash, plus runenr-up finishes in the long jump and 60 dash.

Murray is seeded 14th in the 60 and 22nd in the 200 in Division III and will look to improve of those times this weekend at the Wartburg Qualifier.