Six Tommie Track and Field athletes will head to this week's NCAA Division III Championships in Geneva, Ohio:
Heptathlon, Laura Eischens, seeded 18th (4,409 points);
400 Hurdles, Brielle Bierman, 15th (62.10);
Long Jump, Michael Witschen, 8th (24-5 1-2); Conor White, 16th (23-11 3-4);
Pole Vault, Connor O'Neill, 5th (16-8 1-4);
Shot Put, Micah Hausman, 12th (54-11 1-2);
Tommie junior Austin Jochum (184-5) ranked 21st and missed by one spot in the hammer, two inches short of the final qualifier in the 20-man field.
Tweleve MIAC schools will be represented at this week's national meet. Leading the way are:
- St. Thomas (six athletes in five events);
- Concordia (five athletes in six events, one dual competitor);
- Bethel (five athletes in four events, two dual competitors);
- St. Ben's (four athletes in three events);
- Hamline (four athletes in four events);
- St. Olaf (four athletes in two events);
- Carleton (three athletes in three events, one dual competitor
The conference has 18 top-eight seeds in the 44 combined men's and women's events, including top-5s on the men's sidde in UST's O'Neill; Joe Coffey of St. Olaf (1,500); Donson Cook-Gallardo (800); Anthony Tyler of Hamline (discus); Carl Klamm of Bethel (400); and the Bethel 4x400 relay.