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Friday T&F: Men, Women atop leaderboards

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

St. Thomas Track and Field sits atop the team standings through 11 of 21 events at the two-day MIAC Indoor Championships at UST's Anderson Fieldhouse.

Led by three firsts and two second-places, the Tommie men scored in 10 of 11 events and have 103 points to lead closest pursuers St. Olaf (65), Bethel (44) and Carleton (44).

Led by four wins and two runners-up, the UST women have 114 points to 59.3 for runner-up St. Ben's.

Saturday's action will have 10 finals events for men and 10 for women.


Friday Women Highlights

Middle-distance and distance runners helped St. Thomas scored 55 Friday points.

Two Tommie seniors won their first MIAC individual titles -- Alex Fossum in the 5,000 (17:17) and Kayla Janto in a fast 800 (2:15.40) in a photo finish.

UST won the distance medley relay with Bridget Schmitt, Brielle Bierman, Morgan Dammann and Megan Gossfeld.

Jenny Walz and Sara Ness placed 2-3 in the mile. Ali Glassbreener and Carly Barton placed 4-5 in the 800. Bridget McGivern took seventh in the 5,000.

Bierman also took third in the 60 hurdles.

Olivia Graham (50-0 1-2) and Allison Mellin (49-4 1-2) placed 1-3 in the weight throw.

UST also scored 19 points in the pole vault with Jalia Anderson (11-5), Kendall Novak (11-1). Jordan Sifferle (10-1 1-4) and Mariah Terhaar (10-1 1-4) placing 2-3-6-7.

Laura Eischens took second in the pentathlon and fifth in the 60 hurdles.

Elizabeth Russell and Taylor Quandt placed 5-7 in the triple jump.

Katie Murray placed seventh in 60 dash.



Friday Men's Highlights

For the UST men, Evan Cross won the high jump (6-5 1-2) and took second in the long jump (22-9 3-4).

Connor White won the long jump in a season-best 23-3- 1-2 and was sixth in the high jump (6-1 1-2).

Preston Huddleston took second in the heptathlon and eighth in the high jump.

Connor O'Neill took third in the heptathlon (aided by a 15-5 pole vault) and eighth in the 60 hurdles.

Anthony Ekholm and Colin Duellman placed 3-4 in the 60 dash. Chris Mueller and Joshua Prater placed 4-5 in the 400.

Trevor Smith and Mike Ryan placed fifth and seventh in the 5,000; and Charlie Jones took sixth in the mile.

Adam Coates placed seventh in the 60 hurdles.

The Tmmies placed sixth in the distance-medley relay.



Thursday story

Jenna Degen of St. Ben's won the pentathlon Friday at the MIAC Championships in UST's Anderson Fieldhouse. Degen scored 3,330 to top St. Thomas' Laura Eischens (3,230). Cobber Mikayla Forness was third.

On the men's side with four events complete and three events to go on Friday, Concordia's Jackson Schepp leads at 2,802 followed by UST's Preston Huddleston (2,748), Carleton's Jack Buckner (2,641) and UST's Connor O'Neill (2,626).