Women's T&F wins conference championship

Photo by Nathan Lodermeier (www.nathanlphotos.com)
Photo by Nathan Lodermeier (www.nathanlphotos.com)

For the fifth year in a row, St. Thomas Track and Field has secured a men's and women's team title sweep at the MIAC outdoor championships. This year's two-day meet concluded Saturday evening in Collegeville.

The Tommie women used scoring from 25 different athletes to a 191.3 total and a 91-point victory over runner-up Carleton. UST's six victories included two from senior Emily Gapinski in the 800 (stadium-record 2:13.73) and 1,500 (4:44.38). Senior Bailey Cook won the high jump (5-4 1-4) and scored 21 points in four events.

Allison Mellin was seeded sixth but won the hammer in 144-1. Summer Ellefson fell in Friday's 400 hurdles prelims but bounced back up, finished her race and made the finals with the fourth best time, then took first place Saturday in 65.07. UST also won the 4x800 relay Friday in 9:25.28 with Megan Terukina, Ali Glassbrenner, Kayla Janto and Aimee Junget.

It's the Tommies' 12 consecutive MIAC team title outdoors. Coach Joe Sweeney claimed his 77th team championship in conference cross country or indoor and outdoor track and field.

The St. Thomas men won only three of 22 events but used points from 27 different athletes to outscore runner-up St. John's by 27, 184-156.5. The Toms have won 29 of the last 34 MIAC outdoor track and field team crowns.

The Tommie men won the 100 dash with freshman Anthony Ekholm (10.72), and the 4x100 relay in 42,23 with Nicholas Spann, Cole Boughner, Dan Sauro and Ekholm. Connor O'Neill won the pole vault (15-9 1-4), took second in both the high jump (6-5) and decathlon (6340), and scored a meet-best 34 points with five top-five places.

The two team championships give St. Thomas a conference-record 15 regular-season team titles in 22 sports this school year. The previous record was 13 set in 2001-02 by St. Thomas. UST women's teams won nine of 11 regular-season titles to set a new record for one gender in one school year, and also had a second place in cross country.

UST also swept the MIAC all-sport standings for men and women for the ninth year in a row.


Women's Highlights

UST was disqualified in the 4x100 relay finals but scored points in 20 of the other 21 events.

Women's runners-up were Hannah Helstad in the 800 (2:15.15); Junget in the 1,500 (4:45.69); and the 4x400 relay in 3:59.18 with Mallory Adamson, Janto, Ellefson and Helstad.

Thirds were scored by Brielle Bierman in the 100 hurdles (14.59) and 400 hurdles (65.71); Janto in the 1,500 (4:45.84); Grace Bordson in the high jump (5-3); Libbie Lange in the shot put (41-7 3-4); and Alex Fossum in the 10,000 (37:43.48).

Fourths were scored by Laura Eischens in the heptathlon (4285) and the 100 hurdles (14.81); Katie Murray in the 200 (25.96); and Megan Maki in the 100 dash (12.622).

Fifths were contributed by Cook in the heptathlon (4208) and the long jump (17-7 1-2); Elizabeth Russell in the triple jump (35-3 3-4); Terukina in the 1,500 (4:49.21); Adamson in the 400 (60.20); and Bridget Schmitt in the steeplechase (11:53.50).

Sixths were scored by Cook in the triple jump (35-0 1-2); Jenny Walz in the 1,500 (4:52.90); Katelyn Marciniak in the 200 (26.37); Genevieve Gates in the discus (121-10); Olivia Graham in the hammer (133-1); and Kendall Novak in the pole vault (10-4).

Sevenths were scored by Christine Rohlf in the 400 hurdles (69.57); Glassbrenner in the 800 (2:19.86); and Fossum in the 5,000 (18:38).

Eighths were scored by Maki in the 200 (26.95); and Murray in the high jump (4-11).


Men's Highlights

UST was disqualified in the 4x800 relay finals after taking third due to a uniform violation, but it scored points in all 21 other events.

Other UST men's runners-up were scored on Friday -- Matt Schauer in the shot put (54-4 1-2); Preston Huddleston with a personal-best in the long jump (22-2 1-2); and Jacob Gerhartz in the 10,000 (32:40.33).

The UST men also had thirds from Duncan Dahl in the 110 hurdles (15.42); Sauro in the 100 (10.95); Huddleston in the decathlon (6,170 points); and Evan Cross in the long jump (22-2 1-4).

Fourths were scored by Micah Hausman in the hammer (164-6); Spann in the long jump (22-0 1-4); O'Neill in the 110 hurdles (15.60); Brian Jarvey in the 400 (49.30); and Allen-Michael Burback in the 800 (1:57.17).

Fifths were contributed by Craig Murtha in both the discus (144-9) and the hammer (160-1); O'Neill in the long jump (21-11 1-2); Lucas Cronin in the pole vault (14-1 3-4); Nick Hasler in the 110 hurdles (15.71); Ehkolm in the 200 (22.23); and Dahl in the 400 hurdles (56.61).

Sixths were scored by Cross in the triple jump (43-5 1-4); Gerhartz in the 5,000 (15:23.25); Michael Witschen in the long jump (21-11); Boughner in the javelin (159-5); Hausman in the shot put (49-7); and Jordan O'Reilly in the 400 hurdles (56.97).

Sevenths were scored by Cross in the high jump (6-1 1-4); Conor White in the long jump (21-10); Jeremiah Thayer in the javelin (157-11); Ryan Queenan in the 400 (50.71); Sauro in the 200 (22.33); and Murtha in the shot put (48-1 1-4),

Eighths were scored by Eric Udermann in the decathlon (5773); Jacob Buhl in the triple jump (42-4 1-4); Christopher Peterson in the javelin (156-2); Austin Knowlton in the 1,500 (4:15.75); Parker Rosenau in the steeplechase (9:51.00); and Jacob Gredvig in the 400 hurdles (58.24).



Friday story

St. Thomas Track and Field had a strong opening day Friday at the MIAC Championships in Collegeville.

On the men's side, UST scored 90 points and has opened up a 37.5-point lead on second-place St. John's with seven of 21 events completed. Connor O'Neill won the pole vault and placed fifth in the long jump after taking second in last week's decathlon. The Toms got seconds in the shot put (Matt Schauer), the 10,000 (Jacob Gerhartz) and the long jump (Preston Huddleston). UST had six athletes jump 21-10 or better in the long jump and scored 28 points in that event by placing 2-3-4-5-6-7.

The Tommies opened up a 16.5-point lead over second-place Concordia-Moorhead with seven of 21 events completed. The UST women won the 4x800 relay, junior Allison Mellin won the hammer, and senior Bailey Cook won the high jump. Alex Fossum (10,000) and Grace Bordson (high jump) took thirds.

The UST women advanced 18 qualifiers from Friday's prelims in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles. 

Last season, UST trailed Concordia by 37 points after the first day of the MIAC meet but went on to win by 18.5 as it scored 120 points on Saturday.

Competition starts Saturday at 2 p.m. for field events and 3 p.m. on the track.

Women's Live results

Men's Live results