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Holst leads Men's T&F contingent at U of M meet

Christopher Mitchell photo
Christopher Mitchell photo

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Meet results

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The facility was sweet, but the weather was not Wednesday at the non-team scored University of Minnesota Gopher Men's Twilight meet in Dinkytown.

The Gophers held their first men's track and field competition at their new on-campus venue, but the cool, windy, cloudy conditions seemed more fitting for March than May.

St. Thomas had a small group of athletes competing, and senior two-time national champion Eric Holst didn't let the gloomy day keep him from throwing the hammer a season-best distance of 198-10.

Holst took third place behind two Gopher standouts and ahead of two other U of M athletes. He ranks seventh nationally, just three feet out of third place on the D-III season list. Last May at nationals he won the event with an all-time top-10 Division III heave of 211-4. Holst added an NCAA title indoors in the weight throw in March 2019.

Three other Tommie field-event athletes had season-bests on Wednesday:

  • freshman Parker Feuerborn was third in the shot put and had a top-40 D-III throw and No. 8 MIAC throw (50-10);
  • Nick Spann was third in the triple jump (43-10 1-2), moving to No. 5 on the MIAC season list;
  • Wyatt Amdahl cleared 13-6 1-2 in the pole vault for seventh (No. 10 on the MIAC season list), behind two teammates who fell short of earlier season vaults: Aidan Ritzenthaler (fourth, 14-5 1-4) and Michael Bury (sixth, 14-0 1-4).

Other performances included:

  • freshman Eric Douville took fourth in the 100 dash (11.23);
  • freshman Mason Thedens took sixth in the 400 (season-best 50.56, No. 15 on the MIAC season list);
  • Austin Coates took fifth in both the 110 hurdles (16.03) and the 400 hurdles (58.79);
  • Brian Carl took sixth in the 800 (1:58.38);
  • Jake Kelly was second in the high jump (6-2);
  • Conor White (20-10), Spann (20-9) and freshman Kaleb Keener (20-2 1-2) placed 2-4-6 in the long jump;
  • Gage O'Brien took sixth in the discus (142-1);
  • freshman Josh Dolezal placed fourth in the javelin (135-10).

St. Thomas will have athletes competing Saturday in Collegeville in the three-team Meet of Saints.