SJU 4x100 relay team wins national championship as records fall in Ohio

Ryan Miller pulled away in the final 15 meters to help SJU win the national championship in the 4x100 relay by 0.05 seconds. (Photo: Perry Laskaris, RPI)
Ryan Miller pulled away in the final 15 meters to help SJU win the national championship in the 4x100 relay by 0.05 seconds. (Photo: Perry Laskaris, RPI)

GENEVA, Ohio – With a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) record-breaking time of 00:40.92, the Saint John's University 4x100-meter relay team of Nick GannonDrew SchoenbauerBrady Labine, and Ryan Miller won the national championship at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Saturday.

The Johnnies were in fifth place at the final exchange before Miller bolted to second and passed John Carroll's Hayden Snow in the final 15 meters to win the race by 0.05 seconds. The 4x100-meter relay is SJU's sixth national title in an event at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

In addition to the Johnnies' national championship, MIAC student-athletes accounted for four national runner-ups. Five all-time MIAC records were also broken over the three-day national meet. The Johnnies' performance in the 4x100 relay broke a 17-year-old record set by the Gustavus foursome of Adam Cordes, Ryan Hoag, Stephen Handler, and Jerry Washington in 2002. SJU's Ryan Miller also broke his own MIAC mark in the 100-meter dash with a national runner-up time of 00:10.22 in finals. Also breaking his own MIAC record was Bethel's Carl Klamm in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 00:46.58 to place second overall.

On the women's side, St. Thomas junior Steph Kretlow placed third in the long jump after breaking a 14-year-old conference record with a leap of 19-08.25, becoming the first woman in recorded MIAC history to reach the six-meter plateau in the event. Hamline senior Gabrielle Brown broke the MIAC record not once, but twice over the weekend, clocking in at 00:14.08 in the 100-meter hurdle prelims before breaking that mark with a 00:14.06 in finals to place fifth in the nation.

The MIAC also came away with a total of 22 men's All-America honors and nine women's All-America accolades. Gustavus senior Michael Hensch earned All-America honors by finishing among the top-eight competitors in three different events - the shot put, discus, and hammer - while Saint John's Miller joined Bethel's Klamm and Carleton's Lucas Mueller with a pair of All-America honors each. Miller earned his All-America distinctions in the 4x100 relay and 100-meter dash with Klamm picking up honors in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, and Mueller doing so in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.

Of the 31 All-America honorees from the MIAC, 20 earned the distinction for the first time in their respective event. Among the multi-time honorees were St. Thomas senior Eric Holst, who added a runner-up performance in the hammer after winning the national title last year. Klamm became a three-time All-American in both the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, while teammate Isaac Erickson earned his second consecutive All-America honor in the 4x400. Gustavus' Hensch and Hamline's Eric Dols each returned to the top-eight in the hammer after both were All-Americans in the event in 2017.

On the women's side, Bethel's Hannah SankeyDelia Labatt, and AddieKay Johnson all repeated as All-Americans in the 4x400 relay, while Hamline's Gabrielle Brown and Jessie Juenemann earned the distinction for the second year in a row in the 100 hurdles and discus, respectively. Macalester's Phoebe Aguiar finished fourth in the 800-meter run to claim her second straight outdoor All-America honor in the event.

Both the Carleton and Saint John's men's teams collected 18 points to tie for 11th overall at the NCAA Championships. Bethel tallied 11 points to finish tied for 24th, followed by Gustavus and St. Thomas in a tie for 31st with nine points each. Hamline tied for 50th with five points with St. Olaf tied for 57th with four points and Concordia tied for 76th with one point. St. Thomas led the way for the women with nine points to finish in a tie for 31st overall, while Bethel, Hamline, and Macalester all tied for 47th with five points.

 2019 MIAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans
Name Institution Class  Event Finish
Isaac Erickson Bethel Jr. 4x400 Relay 6th (03:11.62)
Carl Klamm Bethel Sr. 400 Meters 2nd (00:46.58)#
Carl Klamm Bethel Sr. 4x400 Relay 6th (03:11.62)  
Nolan Metz Bethel Fr. 4x400 Relay 6th (03:11.62)  
Shawn Monroe Bethel Jr. 4x400 Relay 6th (03:11.62)  
Tris Dodge Carleton Sr. 10000 Meters 8th (30:59.36)
Lucas Mueller Carleton So. 5000 Meters 5th (14:50.04)
Lucas Mueller Carleton So. 10000 Meters 2nd (30:14.26)
Matthew Wilkinson Carleton So. 3000-Meter Steeplechase 4th (09:08.95)
Matt Bye Concordia Jr. Decathlon 8th (6623)
Michael Hensch Gustavus Sr. Shot Put 7th (54-01.75 - 16.50m)
Michael Hensch Gustavus Sr. Discus 8th (160-09 - 49.00m)
Michael Hensch Gustavus Sr. Hammer 3rd (202-01.00 - 61.61m)
Eric Dols Hamline Sr. Hammer 4th (199-06.00 - 60.81m)
Nick Gannon Saint John's So. 4x100 Relay 1st (00:40.92)#
Brady Labine Saint John's So. 4x100 Relay 1st (00:40.92)#
Ryan Miller Saint John's So. 4x100 Relay 1st (00:40.92)#
Ryan Miller Saint John's So. 100 Meters 2nd (00:10.22)#
Drew Schoenbauer Saint John's Sr. 4x100 Relay 1st (00:40.92)#
Sean Lonergan St. Olaf Jr. 1500 Meters 5th (03:51.07)
David Danhauer St. Thomas Sr. Shot Put 8th (53-09.00 - 16.38m)
Eric Holst St. Thomas Sr. Hammer 2nd (202-05.00 - 61.69m)

 2019 MIAC Women's Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans
Name Institution Class  Event Finish
Hannah Sankey Bethel So. 4x400 Relay 4th (03:46.81)
Delia Labatt Bethel Jr. 4x400 Relay 4th (03:46.81)
Corin McKinstrey Bethel Jr. 4x400 Relay 4th (03:46.81)
AddieKay Johnson Bethel Sr. 4x400 Relay 4th (03:46.81)
Gabrielle Brown Hamline Sr. 100-Meter Hurdles 5th (00:14.06)#
Jessie Juenemann Hamline Jr. Discus 8th (144-10.00 - 44.15m)
Phoebe Aguiar Macalester Sr. 800 Meters 4th (02:10.61)
Mallory Adamson St. Thomas Sr. 400-Meter Hurdles 6th (01:01.25)
Steph Kretlow St. Thomas Jr. Long Jump 3rd (19-08.25 - 6.00m)#

# - MIAC All-Time Record

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