Andrew Brueggen, Saint Mary's

Holmen, Wis. / Holmen
Week of: 2011-02-28

It’s been a remarkable indoor season for Saint Mary’s thrower Andrew Brueggen (Holmen, Wis.). The senior was outstanding again this weekend with his performance in the weight throw at the St. Olaf College Ole Open. Bruegeen finished first in the event and his throw sailed past the NCAA’s automatic qualifying standard, which he has bested numerous times this spring. For his continued excellence, Brueggen has been named the MIAC Men’s Field Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time in 2011.

At St. Olaf, Brueggen finished first in the weight throw thanks to his distance of 19.16 meters. The NCAA’s automatic standard is 18.75 meters. Currently Brueggen’s career best throw – which set a new MIAC record earlier this season – of 19.41 meters is the top throw in the MIAC, and his latest effort would rank second by nearly a full meter. At this point in the season, Brueggen ranks No. 2 in all of Division III in the weight throw and will compete for a championship next month.

Brueggen will try to add a MIAC title to his great season next weekend. St. Mary’s will compete at the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this week. The event will be hosted by the University of St. Thomas at its new Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center in St. Paul March 3, 4 and 5. Log on to the MIAC Web site for complete details and results.

Blake Springman, Hamline

Adrian, Minn. / Adrian
Week of: 2011-02-21

The Hamline men’s indoor track and field team has had several outstanding performances from its throwers in 2011, and senior Blake Springman (Adrian, Minn./Adrian) is the latest Piper to generate accolades thank to an outstanding showing. Springman was unseeded in the weight throw at the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open, but with a new personal best throw, he finished ninth and moved up the MIAC performance list against numerous talented Division I, II and III athletes. As a result, Springman has been named the MIAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

 

With his throw of 16.90 meters, or 55-05.00, Springman set a new personal best by more than two meters, which is a great accomplishment for the Hamline senior. His distance moved him up to No. 4 on the MIAC’s 2011 performance lists, and he just missed the provisional qualifying distance for the NCAA Division III Championships. The top-10 finish at the U of M was impressive considering the level of competition in the field.

Springman and the Pipers will travel to one of their final indoor meets of the regular season Saturday when they head south to Northfield to compete at St. Olaf. Hamline will also compete in Macalester’s Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, Feb. 25, as its final tune-up before the MIAC Indoor Championships. The MIAC indoor meet will be held March 3-5 at St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center.

Jay Quick, Bethel

Johnston, Iowa / Johnston
Week of: 2011-02-14

While the rest of his team was competing at the Brooks Classic in River Falls, Wis., Bethel senior Jay Quick (Johnston, Iowa) was still in Minnesota making his teammates and coaches proud with an outstanding individual performance. Quick finished second in the high jump at the St. Thomas Showcase Classic in St. Paul, Minn., thanks to a great performance that now has him ranked No. 1 in the MIAC and in the top 10 nationally in Division III. As a result of his achievement, Quick has been named the MIAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

Quick cleared the bar at 2.05 meters, or 6-8.75, to finish second in the high jump at the St. Thomas Showcase Classic. His height is the best in the MIAC thus far in 2011, and he currently ranks seventh in Division III with that height. In the process, Quick met the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships. While Quick was accomplishing his big feat, his teammates were running to a fourth-place finish at the Brooks Classic, making it a good all-around day for Royals’ track.

Bethel and its star jumper will be back in action this weekend at the Snowshoe Open at the University of Minnesota. The meet begins Friday at 5 p.m. The Royals will also compete at the Pre-Conference Meet at Macalester College on Feb. 25 as MIAC teams make their final preparations for the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at St. Thomas on March 4-5.

Brennan McKeag, Hamline

Lakeville, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2011-02-07

Hamline thrower Brennan McKeag (Lakeville, Minn./Apple Valley) was already off to a great start to the 2011 indoor track and field season before Saturday’s trip to Superior, Wis., for the UW-Superior Border Battle. There, McKeag unleashed a shot put throw that not only won the event, but it set a new personal, meet and fieldhouse record. It blew by the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying standard and it now ranks as the top throw in the MIAC and all of Division III in 2011. For his record-setting performance, McKeag has been named the MIAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time in 2011.

McKeag’s magnificent throw traveled a distance of 17.15 meters, or 56-03.00. All four of his throws at UW-Superior bested the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying standard, which is 16.70 meters or 54-09.50. His distance beat his personal indoor best by more than four feet, and his overall personal best by more than two feet. His nation-leading distance is nearly seven feet further than anyone else in the MIAC has thrown this year. For good measure, McKeag also finished third in the weight throw with a new personal best of 17.84 meters, which ranks 15th in the nation.

The Pipers and McKeag will return to action Friday when they travel across town to compete at the St. Thomas Invite on the University of St. Thomas Campus. The following Friday they’ll participate in the University of Minnesota’s Snowshoe Open against a lot of great competition.

Andrew Brueggen, Saint Mary's

Holmen, Wis. / Holmen
Week of: 2011-01-31

This season, Saint Mary’s thrower Andrew Brueggen (Holmen, Wis.) has been among the best in both the MIAC and NCAA Division III, and that trend continued over the weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Warren Bowlus Open in Menomonie, Wis. Brueggen won the 35-pound weight throw, and his distance topped the NCAA provisional mark. For his effort, Brueggen has been named the MIAC Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

The senior’s winning throw Saturday traveled a distance of 18.27 meters. It was Brueggen’s second first-place finish in the event in as many week and he was the only MIAC athlete to have a throw top 18 meters. Despite his victory, the throw didn’t quite match Brueggen’s season best. A week earlier he topped the NCAA automatic qualifying distance with a throw of 18.98 meters. Currently, that’s the second-best throw in Division III in 2011. No team scores were recorded at the meet.

Bruggen and the Cardinals will make another trip to Wisconsin next weekend, albeit they’ll be heading further north. SMU will compete at the UW-Superior Border Battle on Saturday.

Brennan McKeag, Hamline

Apple Valley, Minn. / Apple Valley
Week of: 2011-01-24

Hamline University’s first two NCAA provisional qualifying marks of the 2011 indoor track and field season both came courtesy of Brennan McKeag (Apple Valley, Minn.) Friday at a meet hosted by Carleton College. The junior thrower appeared to already be in mid-season form as he won both the weight throw and the shot put, hitting the provisional mark in both events. For his performance, McKeag has been named the inaugural recipient of the MIAC Men’s Field Athlete-of-the-Week honor for the 2011 season.

In the weight throw, McKeag threw the 35-pound weight a distance of 57-0.75 feet (17.39 meters),w hich was just shy of a new personal record for the Piper. In the shot put, McKeag also hit the provisional qualifying mark with a distance of 51-1 (15.57 meters). It was his second-best throw of the young season, after having a great showing a week earlier at the University of Minnesota. The two first-place finishes were part of an impressive overall showing by the Hamline team.

At Carleton, the Pipers competed against a pair of MIAC rivals – Carleton and St. Olaf. McKeag and his Hamline squad will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 5, when it travels north for a meet at UW-Superior.