MIAC Indoor Track and Field season set to begin

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) indoor track and field season officially gets underway this weekend, as the University of St. Thomas hosts "The Opener" on Friday afternoon in St. Paul.

The indoor season is a fast and furious one, with the Conference Championships only a little more than a month away. A handful of MIAC teams already got a taste of competition in early December and several more will be in action this weekend. While the Tommies have been nothing short of dominant in the sport – winning all 33 previous MIAC men's indoor titles and each of the last 18 women's crowns – there will be plenty of competition for UST this season.

The Hamline men's team enters the season ranked 13th in the nation by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while Saint Benedict opens the year as the top women's team from the Conference, coming in at No. 32 in the USTFCCCA rankings.

The 2018 MIAC Track and Field Championships will be held February 22-24, 2018 at Macalester College in St. Paul. The 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships will be held on March 9-10 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.


MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Links: | Home Page | 2017-18 Schedule/Results | 2017-18 News | 2017-18 Athletes of the Week | 2018 MIAC Championships | Team Pages | MIAC Performance List | Archives | Record Book |

MIAC Women's Indoor Track and Field Links: | Home Page | 2017-18 Schedule/Results | 2017-18 News | 2017-18 Athletes of the Week | 2018 MIAC Championships | Team Pages | MIAC Performance List | Archives | Record Book |


KEEP AN EYE ON
Carl Klamm | Jr. | Bethel
The junior All-American from Evanston, Ill. received MIAC Outstanding Men's Track Athlete honors last year after claiming Conference titles in the 600-meter run, 400-meter dash, and 4x400 relay. His time of 1:20.19 in the 600-meter set a new meet record and secured Klamm's second consecutive MIAC championship in the event.

Donson Cook-Gallardo | Sr. | Carleton
The 2017 MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year has an opportunity to solidify his spot in Conference history with the potential for a career sweep of the 1,000-meter run. Cook-Gallardo won his third straight 1,000-meter at the 2017 MIAC Indoor Championships last year with a record-breaking time of 2:26.02.

Eric Dols | Jr. | Hamline
The junior shot putter finished second at the MIAC Indoor Championships last year and figures to play a large role in the success of the No. 13-ranked Pipers in 2018. Dols earned All-America honors in the shot put as a freshman in 2016.

Jenna Degen | Jr. | Saint Benedict
One of the top multi-event athletes in all of Division III as a sophomore last season, Degen finished fourth in the nation with a school record score of 3,367 in the pentathlon. In addition to earning the MIAC Indoor title in the pentathlon, Degen also earned honorable mention honors in the 60-meter hurdles and competed in the long and high jumps at the 2017 MIAC Championships.

Becca Dup | Jr. | Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's school record holder in the indoor 60-meter dash (8.03) and long jump (5.53 meters), Dup won the MIAC Indoor crown and claimed All-Region honors as a long jumper last season after earning honorable mention honors in 2016.


2018 USTFCCCA MIAC MEN'S TEAM RANKINGS
NATIONAL RANK INSTITUTION
13 Hamline
33 Carleton
47 Augsburg
58 St. Thomas
95 Bethel
110 St. Olaf
147 Concordia
153 Saint John's
2018 USTFCCCA MIAC WOMEN'S TEAM RANKINGS
NATIONAL RANK INSTITUTION
32 Saint Benedict
52 Carleton
69 Bethel
78 St. Thomas
106 Hamline
108 St. Olaf
127 Macalester
133 Saint Mary's
146 Gustavus

| 2018 USTFCCCA Preseason National Rankings |