Holst's NCAA title helps Men's T&F place 12th at nationals

Photo credit: D3Photography
Photo credit: D3Photography


NCAA meet results


St. Thomas seniors Eric Holst and Nick Spann combined for 15 team points on Friday to lead the Tommie men's team to 12th place at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston. Holst was NCAA champ in the weight throw, while Spann won his first career All-America honor with a fourth place in the long jump.

Holst captured the 62nd individual NCAA championship by a Tommie athlete. This makes five NCAA titles under assistant coach Pat Ahern's guidance in the throws events and first in the indoor season.

In Saturday's triple jump, Spann only had one mark (42-8 3-4) and scratched on two others and didn't crack the top 15.

Gage O'Brien and David Danhauer also competed Saturday in the shot put. O'Brien had a career-best 54-10 1-4 and just missed the awards podium while placing ninth. Danhauer finished in 12th place with a best of 52-5 1-2.

The Tommie women tied for 43rd place and had one All-America and five team points from Grace Bordson as she tied for third place in the high jump.



Friday story

Eric Holst won the weight throw Friday evening in Boston at the Division III national championships.

Seeded third, Holst threw 68-7 1-4 on his final throw to take gold. It's the fourth best weight throw in D-III history. The Lanesoboro, Minn., native secured 10 points for the Tommies, who have a seven-man contingent competing.

Nine months ago, Holst won the NCAA hammer throw in outdoor track and field. Last March in his first NCAA meet, Holst had a 63-0 season best. He placed 13th in the weight throw with an NCAA meet best of 58-5 3-4.

St. Thomas senior Nick Spann took fourth place in the long jump in a season-best 23-9 1-2 to add five points and give Coach Steve Mathre's team 15.

Teammate Conor White was 12th in the long jump. Spann also competes Saturday in the triple jump, and David Danhauer and Gago O'Brien are in the shot put.

Junior Karl Wachter (mile, 4:14.25) and Carl Kozlowski (800, 1:54.10) ran Friday prelims but were unable to advance to Saturday's 10-man finals.