UST women make it 18-straight indoor titles on home track

UST women make it 18-straight indoor titles on home track

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of St. Thomas hosted the 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday in St. Paul, Minn., and the conference meet concluded with the Tommies celebrating an 18th-straight MIAC title in front of their home fans.

The championship was not only No. 18 in a row for Head Coach Joe Sweeney and his program, it is also a milestone 30th Indoor championship for UST, which has now won the MIAC title in all but three seasons in the event's 33-year history. St. Thomas' latest championship saw the team score 195.5 total points and win by a convincing margin of more than 94 points. 


The College of Saint Benedict also reached triple digits and was solidly in second place with a score of 101.33. Carleton scored 79 points to edge both Bethel (75.5) and Macalester (72.5) for third, as that trio rounded out the top five. Hamline (67.33) barely edged St. Olaf (64) for sixth and Concordia wasn't far back in eighth (60.83). St. Catherine (31.5), Saint Mary's (16.5), Gustavus (9) and Augsburg (7) rounded out the final 2017 indoor standings.

The Tommies had a number of standout performances that led to their team win. Kayla Janto (1:36.45) and Carly Barton (1:38.39) finished 1-2 in the 600-meter run. Steph Kretlow, Brielle Bierman, Katelyn Marciniak and Katie Murray teamed up to win the 4x200-meter relay in 1:45.50. St. Thomas also got a victory from Alex Fossum with her time of 10:05.16 in the 3,000-meter run, just a day after she also won the MIAC indoor title in the 5,000.

Concordia's Emma Peterson concluded a star performance at the 2017 MIAC Indoor meet with her second meet record and a second-straight victory. Peterson successfully defended her high jump title by clearing the bar at 5-07.75 (1.72 meters) to break the MIAC Championships record just a day after also setting a new record in the triple jump. The Cobbers got another highlight from Mandy Mercil, who won the shot put by more than two feet with a winning throw of 41-10.75 (12.77 meters). One of Saint Mary's top highlights of the meet came courtesy of Becca Dup, who won the long jump by traveling a distance of 17-09.75.

Carleton's Alexa Feeney won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.44 to earn her second title of the weekend after also winning the 400 with a meet-record time Friday. Saint Benedict senior Allison Kosobud had a strong showing in her final MIAC Indoor Championships, culminating with her win in the 1,000-meter run thanks to a time of 2:57.78. She edged out Bethel's Annika Halverson (2:59.26), who won the mile title on Friday. The meet concluded with a stirring performance by Macalester to win the 4x400-meter relay. The Scots' team of Victoria Casarrubias, Phoebe Aguiar, Anik Regan and Hannah Sonsalla completed the race with a winning time of 4:01.13 to give the team a signature indoor moment.

The top three individuals in each event and the first-place relay team automatically earn All-Conference honors, and the 4th-through 6th-place finishers in each open event and 2nd-through-6th place relay teams will all be named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Saturday's All-Conference performers are listed below, with the Honorable Mention (4-6 individual, 2-6 relay) available in the results.

Fans can re-live the 2017 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championshipson the event's home page. The page includes full results, recaps, and coverage of the championships. Fans can also interact on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube pages using the hashtag #MIACITF.

The MIAC would like to thank the University of St. Thomas and its coaches and staff for their efforts to host the event. The conference also thanks all event workers, volunteers, officials, and Bob Ertl (head timer). The 2017 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 12-13, 2017, at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. 


Women's Team Scores

1. St. Thomas - 195.5
2. Saint Benedict - 101.33
3. Carleton - 79
4. Bethel - 75.5
5. Macalester - 72.5
6. Hamline 67.33
7. St. Olaf - 64
8. Concordia - 60.83
9. St. Catherine - 31.5
10. Saint Mary's - 16.5
11. Gustavus - 9
12. Augsburg - 7
Women's All-Conference Performers
(Top 3 individuals, 1st place relay teams)   

High Jump
1. Emma Peterson, Concordia, 5-07.75 (1.72m), M, x2
2. Grace Bordson, St. Thomas, 5-03.25 (1.61m)
3. Suntina Spehar, Saint Benedict, 5-01.25 (1.56m)

Shot Put
1. Mandy Mercil, Concordia, 41-10.75 (12.77m)
2. Gabby Koel, Hamline, 39-06.50 (12.05m)
3. Sarah Gigstad, Saint Benedict, 38-09.75 (11.83m)

Long Jump
1. Becca Dup, Saint Mary's, 17-09.75 (5.43m)
2. Tori Thompson, St. Catherine, 17-08.75 (5.40m)
3. Laura Eischens, St. Thomas, 17-04.75 (5.30m)

4x200-meter relay
1. St. Thomas, 1:45.50
    (Steph Kretlow, Brielle Bierman, Katelyn Marciniak, Katie Murray)

600-meter run
1. Kayla Janto, St. Thomas, 1:36.45
2. Carly Barton, St. Thomas, 1:38.39
3. Sara Wegner, Bethel, 1:38.57

1,000-meter run
1. Allison Kosobud, Saint Benedict, 2:57.78
2. Annika Halverson, Bethel, 2:59.26
3. Ali Glassbrenner, St. Thomas, 2:59.80

200-meter dash
1. Alexa Feeney, Carleton, 25.44
2. Hannah Sonsalla, Macalester, 25.66
3. Delia Labatt, Bethel, 25.78

3,000-meter run
1. Alex Fossum, St. Thomas, 10:05.16
2. Kimber Meyer, Macalester, 10:05.46
3. Mary Naas, St. Olaf, 10:07.12

4x400-meter relay
1. Macalester, 4:01.13
     (Victoria Casarrubias, Phoebe Aguiar, Anik Regan, Hannah Sonsalla)    

Full Women's Results 

Key - M=Meet Record, x2=Repeat Champion, x3=3-time champ, R=Facility Record

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