St. Thomas Men's Track and Field started its 2018-19 indoor season as it sent a small group of athletes on the road to two Saturday competitions.
The Tommies won three field events at the Minnesota State Mankato Open, with early-season marks that all rank in the top 10 in Division III. They also had four athletes travel to Dubuque for an multi-event competition.
At Mankato, returning outdoor national hammer champion Eric Holst won the weight throw (60-8), while Gage O'Brien took fifth (51-0). Holst's 2018 weight-throw best was 63-0.
Sophomore Jake Kelly took first in the high jump (6-6 1-4). That set a new collegiate indoor best and matched his 2018 outdoor best with St. Thomas.
Coming off an All-Region football season, senior David Danhauer won the shot put (49-7 3-4), just inches off his indoor best and less than a foot off his collegiate best.
In the long jump, seniors Conor White (21-11 3-4) and Nick Spann (21-4) placed 2-4.
Two freshmen made their college debuts: Wyatt Amdahl cleared 13-1 1-2 in the pole vault, and Parker Feuerborn had a 47-0 1-4 best in the shot put.
At Dubuque, Jordan Johnson (4409), Tyler Adler (4174), Evan Teynor (4107) and Drew Probst (3906) placed 3-4-5-6.
The Tommies will resume competition in January after final exams and the holiday break. They will play host to home meets on Friday Jan. 11 and Friday Jan. 18.