NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships started Thursday at St. Olaf College with the women's pentathlon and the start of the men's heptathlon.
St. Olaf junior Mackenzie Schoustra won the women's pentathlon by setting personal records in four of her five events en route to a school record 3,425 points. Schoustra won the high jump (1.63m) and long jump (5.04m), tied for first in the 60-meter hurdles (9.31), and took third in the 800-meter dash (02:29.70) and fourth in the shot put (10.17m).
Saint Benedict senior Jenna Degen took second overall with a total of 3,326, earning All-MIAC honors for the second time in her career, while Carleton's Tonya Piergies placed third to earn All-Conference honors as well. St. Olaf's Emily Bohlig, St. Thomas' Jordan Sifferle, and Concordia's Carly Fornshell all received honorable mention All-Conference recognition.
After one day of competition in the heptathlon, Concordia's Matt Bye holds the lead with 2,734 points. St. Thomas' Jordan Johnson is currently second with 2,607 points, followed by Bethel's Lukas Walton in third with 2,393. Bye won the long jump (6.43m) and shot put (12.10m) on Thursday.
The 2019 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships continue in full on Friday afternoon with field events set to start at 2:30 p.m. and track to follow at 4:00 p.m. Saturday's final session starts with 11:00 a.m. field events and 1:00 p.m. track events.
Saturday's final event begins at 4:05 p.m., and there will be a short awards ceremony following the conclusion of the meet to honor both team champions. The top three individuals in each event and the first-place relay team will 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.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 Indoor Championships, complete with venue and admission information, the event schedule, entries, heat sheets and links to follow the action via webcast and real-time results. Results, recaps, and multimedia coverage of the Championships will be available throughout the event.
Admission for the event is $10 for adults and $2 for students per day, with children ages 5 and under admitted free. MIAC passes will be honored. The MIAC would like to thank St. Olaf College and their coaches and staff for their efforts to host the event.