St. Thomas Women's Track and Field had six firsts among 19 top-three finishes Friday at home at the St. Thomas Opener Indoor meet at Anderson Fieldhouse. No team scores were kept in the seven-team field.
Grace Bordson (high jump), Kendall Novak (pole vault), Olivia Moll (3,000), Steph Kretlow (long jump), Taylor Quandt (triple jump) and Christine Rohlf (600) were winners for St. Thomas.
Bordson cleared 5-5 3-4 and ranks eighth nationally in the high jump. Novak cleared 11-0 1-4 and is ranked 18th in the pole vault.
Tommie Men's Track and Field has seven firsts among 16 top-two finishes. No team scores were kept in the six-team men's field.
Winners for the Purple were David Danhauer (shot put), Karl Wachter (mile), Eric Douville (60 dash), Mason Thedens (400 dash), Nicholas Spann (long jump), Joshua Prater (triple jump), and the 4x400 relay with Samuel Karlson, Brian Carl, Jonah Schoenfelder and Thedens.
Wachter's 4:19 mile time converts to 4:16.71 for NCAA qualifying purposes and ranks No. 2 nationally to start the weekend.
Danhauer's career-best shot put win in 53-11 3-4 is ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 3 all-time indoors at St. Thomas.
Eric Holst's 61-11-3-4 best in the weight throw placed second here Friday but is ranked third nationally.
Spann's 22-11 3-4 in the long jump ranks eighth nationally. Jake Kelly's 6-6 1-2 for second place in the high jump ranks sixth nationally.
St. Thomas Track and Field opens the 2019 portion of its indoor schedule Friday Jan. 11 at Anderson Fieldhouse with a non-team scored competition. Six other teams join the Tommie in the women's and men's meet.
Some field events start at 3 p.m., and the first track races start at 4 p.m.
Athletes from Gustavus, St. Olaf, Hamline, St. Scholastica, St. Catherine, UW-River Falls and UW-Superior will join St. Thomas.
This is the first of three indoor meets over the next four weekends hosted by St. Thomas, including another here Friday Jan. 18.
St. Thomas teams are preparing for the Feb. 22-23 MIAC Championship meet hosted by St. Olaf in Northfield. The NCAA indoor meet will be March 8-9 in Boston. The Tommie men's teams have won all 34 team championships held, and the St. Thomas women have claimed 31 of the 34 titles, including 19 in a row.
St. Thomas Women's Track and Field had several strong field-event performances in Mankato last month at a meet hosted by the NCAA Division II Mavericks:
- Freshman Megan Gehrke, a shot put state champion last June at Faribault High, threw 45-10 1-2 in the shot put to top of field of 40 throwers, including more than a dozen from Division II programs. That throw would have ranked seventh best indoors in Division III last winter. She also threw 49-1 3-4 for eighth place in the weight throw.
- Senior All-America Grace Bordson (5-5 3-4) and Matilda McPherson (5-3 3-4) placed 1-2 in the high jump. Bordson cleared 5-6 last indoor season and 5-7 1-4 outdoors.
- Senior Kendall Novak and Mariah Terhaar placed 2-3 in the pole vault after each cleared 10-4.
St. Thomas Men's Track and Field won three field events at the same Mankato meet, with early-season marks that all rank in the top 10 in Division III. They also had four athletes travel to Dubuque, Iowa for an multi-event competition.
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.