The result wasn't a total surprise, but the way the competition played out and the margin of victory left Tommie Men's Track and Field feeling especially proud by Saturday evening in Northfield.
Coach Steve Mathre's Tommies held off a strong bid by host Carleton -- and overachieved some itself -- as it won the MIAC Outdoor team championship for the seventh year in a row.
The Tommies won eight of 22 events scored 198.5 points as it posted a 60.5-point win over the runner-up Knights. Likewise on the women's side, UST posted an 83-point victory over runner-up Carleton.
Entering Saturday, Mathre would have been pleased to reach 160 points, and was even bracing for the possibility of a single-digit margin against Carleton.
The Tommies scored 70.5 points alone in the three jump events -- high jump, long jump and triple jump -- as part of an excellent showing in the field events. They were seeded to score just seven in the triple jump but placed 1-2-3-5 for 27.5 points.
Parker Rosenau won the steeplechase in a career-best 9:19.34 for UST's lone win among the 10 individual events on the track, but the squad won six of the nine field events.
The Toms scored in 18 of 22 events and received points from 26 different athletes with top-eight men's places.
In the process, St. Thomas also locked up the MIAC men's all-sport trophy with 95.5 points to 93 points for runner-up St. John's. The Tommie men's and women's team sweep here Saturday also gave UST 14 of a possible 22 conference team championships in 2017-18. UST also won MIAC playoff titles in men's soccer, women's basketball and softball.
Senior All-America Connor O'Neill placed in five events and scored 28 points, led by his victory in the pole vault (15-9). He was third in the triple jump (44-11 3-4), fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.42), fifth in the long jump (21-8) and fifth in the high jump (16-2 3-4) In his seven career MIAC championship meets indoors and outdoors, O'Neill contributed 155 points -- with 28 top-eight placings in various events -- to help UST win all seven team titles.
Junior Conor White scored 18.5 points in four individual events led by his victory in the long jump. He also jumped 44-7 1-2 to tie for fifth in the triple jump, cleared 6-1 1-2 for seventh in the high jump, and placed sixth in the 100 dash in 11.09. White joined Adam Rikkers, Nick Spann and Chris Mueller on the fourth-place 4x100 relay for five more points.
Sophomore Gage O'Brien was seeded sixth in the discus but won Saturday with a 150-1 throw.
Freshman Jake Kelly won the high jump with a collegiate-best 6-6 1-4.
Other scorers for the Tommies included:
- Austin Jochum took fourth in the hammer (174-8);
- Bill Lichliter was fourth in the high jump (6-2 3-4);
- Evan Teynor, Jordan Johnson and Tyler Adler placed 5-7-8 in the decathlon;
- Jonah Schoenfelder (55.24) and Teynor (56.50) placed 4-6 in the 400 hurdles;
- the 4x400 relay placed fifth in 3:22.46 with Schoenfelder, Mueller, Sam Karlson and Kozlowski;
- Michael Bury and Rikkers placed 6-7 in the pole vault (14-1 1-4);
- David Danhauer placed fifth in the shot put (49-6 1-4);
- Huddleston placed seventh in the long jump (21-6 1-4);
- Andrew Fritz took eighth in the 10,000 (32:56.37);
The Tommies will have some athletes compete in Last Chance meets next Thursday.