Tommie men try for 32 in a row at 2016 MIAC Indoor T&F Championships

Tommie men try for 32 in a row at 2016 MIAC Indoor T&F Championships

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2016 MIAC MEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The 32nd Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and its certain one of two things will happen. Either the University of St. Thomas will continue its perfect MIAC indoor streak with a 32nd-straight title, or another school will become the first non-Tommie team to hoist the trophy.

A year ago, St. Thomas received one of its toughest tests in the 31-year history of the event, as it led St. Olaf by only four points after Friday's events, and eventually added a little more cushion for a 20-point margin of victory. The Tommies scored 162 to win their 31st-straight title, while the Oles were close behind in second with 142 a year ago. St. Olaf and the other contenders hope to keep inching closer to UST to eventually knock the only indoor champ the conference has ever known off its perch. 

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Hamline edged Carleton for third a year ago, 95 to 91.5, as both also hope to be in the mix again in 2016. Saint John's scored 61 to round out the top five, with Concordia (52) a step ahead of both Augsburg (46) and Bethel (44.5) for sixth. Gustavus (36) finished ninth, and Macalester (27) edged Saint Mary's (23) by four points for 10th place to round out the standings.

This year, St. Olaf enters the MIAC indoor meet with a No.7 national ranking from the USTFCCCA, but St. Thomas (No. 4) is one spot ahead of the Oles (No. 5) in the Central Region rankings. Hamline (No. 9), Augsburg (No. 10), Carleton (No. 11), Gustavus (No. 14) and Saint John's (No. 15) join that duo in the Central Region's Top 15, and all 11 teams rank in the top 25 in the region with Bethel at No. 19, Concordia 20th, Saint Mary's 21st and Macalester at No. 23.

The 2016 MIAC Championships feature some of the conference's brightest stars back in search of more glory. St. Thomas' Brian Jarvey - the 2015 MIAC Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Year - returns in search of his third-straight titles in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Also, St. Olaf's Paul Escher returns in the mile after winning both MIAC and national championships in that race a year ago, and defending national 3,000-meter run champ Jake Campbell also returns for the Oles and Head Coach Phil Lundin, who was the MIAC Men's Indoor Coach-of-the-Year in 2015.

There are seven other student-athletes back with hopes of defending their MIAC titles, led by Augsburg sprinter Undre Smith-Brewer, who is going for his third-straight title in the 55/60-meter dash. Carleton's Jerry Cook-Gallardo won both the 800- and 1,000-meter runs as a freshman and has high hopes for more titles in 2016. Another St. Olaf runner, Kevin Skrip, hopes to defend his 600-meter run championship, and Macalester's Logan Hovie (high jump), Bethel's Bryce DeBoer (weight throw), Hamline's Chase Duwenhoegger (shot put) and St. Thomas' Evan Cross (triple jump) each hope to successfully defend their titles in the field events.

On the track, Hamline's Dylan Olson comes in with the top time in the 55-meter hurdles, Augsburg rookie Emmanuel Egbujor has the top time in the 200 and 400, and Gustavus' Paul Nordquist has the MIAC's best mark in the 5,000-meter run, with two-time champion Campbell no in the 5k field this year. In the field, a pair of Tommies - Matt Schauer (shot put) and Michael Witschen (long jump) - are each seeded first in their respective events. Hamline's Joe Matheson and Saint John's Maxwell Olson are tied atop the pole vault performance list. Concordia's Jackson Schepp has the conference's season-best score in the heptathlon, Gustavus' Sam Fischer is the top seed in the weight throw, and Saint Mary's Bryan Ortman has the MIAC's top mark in the triple jump. St. Thomas has the fastest times in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays, while St. Olaf enters seeded No. 1 in the distance medley relay.

There are also plenty of other athletes for fans to keep their eye on at the 2016 MIAC meet. Augsburg's Barinedum Kordah is back in search of more All-MIAC honors in the jumping and sprinting events. Bethel rookie Carl Klamm is a new face to watch in the middle distance events, and sophomore Phillip Anderson eyes a top-three finish in the hurdles. Carleton senior Hart Hornor will again be a major factor in the distance races, and Knights' jumpers Dwight Alexander and Pete Dehkes are expected to contend for titles in front of the home crowd. Concordia junior Nick Anderson is seeded in the top seven in two jumping events, and rookie David Supinski will lead the Cobber runners in the 400 and 600.

Gustavus will be a team to reckon with in the 5k with Nordquist seeded first and teammate Thomas Knobbe seeded third, with both going faster than 15:03 this season. Macalester has high hopes for Nolan Ebner in the middle distance events and Jack Schultenover in the sprints. Saint John's welcomes back national qualifier Thomas Feichtinger, who has two top-four times in the middle distance events, and rookie Max Martin could contend for the title in the hurdles. Saint Mary's has Morris Dennis back after winning the 400 outdoor title & qualifying for nationals a year ago, and rookie James Davis is ready to lead the Cardinals in the sprints in his first MIAC meet. 

The 2016 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships begin Thursday with the multi-event competitions. The women's pentathlon (Heat Sheet - Live Results) starts at 2 p.m. with the men's heptathlon (Heat Sheet - Live Results) beginning 15 minutes later. The heptathlon finishes up Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., with Friday's field events set to start at 4 p.m. and track to follow at 4:30 p.m. Saturday's final session starts with 11:45 a.m. field events and 1 p.m. track events.
 
Saturday's final event begins at 4:15 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 home page dedicated to the 2016 Indoor Championships, complete with a promotional video, venue and admission information, the event schedule, entries (Men - Women), heat sheets (Men - Women) and links to follow the results live (Men - Women). Results, recaps, and multimedia coverage of the championships will be available throughout the event. There will be live results available for all events courtesy of Apple Raceberry Jam, and fans can also find entries and heat sheets on the MIAC's event page as they become available. Also, connect to the conference on its FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube pages throughout the Championships using the hashtag #MIACITF.

Admission for the event is $8 for adults and $3 for students per day, with children ages 5 and under admitted free. MIAC passes will be honored. The MIAC would like to thank Carleton College and their coaches and staff for their efforts to host the event.


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AUGSBURG | Auggies' men's track and field home page | 

Head coach
• Emily Hackert (1st season)

A Year Ago
• Seventh place | 46 points

Athletes to Watch
• Emmanuel Egbujor (Sprints, FY | Holds the No. 1 ranking in the MIAC in three sprint events: 60-meter dash (6.86), 200-meter dash (22.21), and 400-meter dash (49.30))
• Barinedum Kordah (Sprints/Jumps, JR | All-MIAC honors in the long jump, 200-meter and 400-meter dash in 2015)
• Undre Smith-Brewer (Sprints, JR | Two-time MIAC 60-meter dash champion; holds the Augsburg 60-meter dash record with a time of 6.91 seconds, season-best time of 6.95 seconds)
• Mohamed Mohamed (Distance, SR | Looking to improve on his eighth-place MIAC finish in the 1,000-meter run in 2015. Mohamed's fastest time this year is 2:36.54 at the St. Olaf Tostrud Classic)
• Abdul Salan (Distance, JR | Season-best time of 9:02.31 in the 3,000-meter run. In 2015, finished in 18th in this event at the MIAC Indoor Championships)

By the Numbers
• .01: Egbujor's 200-meter dash time of 22.21 at the Snowshoe Open on Feb. 19 was just 0.01 seconds shy of tying the Augsburg 200-meter dash record.|
• 2: Kordah has finished second at the MIAC Indoor Championships two years in a row in the 400-meter dash.
• 4: Number of individual All-MIAC finishes at the 2015 MIAC Indoor Championships. Currently, the Auggies have six student-athletes ranked in the top-three of their respective events. 

Did You Know?
• Augsburg has 10 student-athletes that come into the weekend with a top-10 rank in their respective events. The Auggies are hopeful they can improve on last year's seventh-place finish at the MIAC Indoor Championships.

Off the Track (and Field)
• Emily Hackert was hired as Augsburg's men's and women's track and field head coach in June. She served as interim women's track and field head coach at Colby, an NCAA Division III college in Waterville, Maine, in 2015, after serving as a men's and women's track and field assistant coach there for three seasons. Prior to coming to Colby, she had served as an assistant coach at Washington and Jefferson College (Pa.) and Springfield College (Mass.). 

BETHEL | Royals' men's track and field home page | 

Head coach
• Andrew Rock (4th season)

A Year Ago
• 8th place | 44.5 points

Athletes to Watch
• Carl Klamm (Freshman | Ranked 2nd  in the 800-meter run, 3rd in the 600-meter run)
• Phillip Anderson (Sophomore | Ranked 3rd in the 60-meter hurdles)
• Colton Syler (Sophomore | Ranked 4th in the 60-meter hurdles, 4th last year)
• Bryce DeBoer (Senior | Ranked 4th in the weight throw, defending conference champion)
• Evan Hatton (Freshman | Ranked 6th in the 800-meter run, 7th in the 1,000-meter run) 

By the Numbers
• 1: Returning conference champion for the Royals, Bryce DeBoer (weight throw)
• 6: Returning scorers from last year's indoor conference meet
• 27.5: Points accounted for at last year's meet by the six returning scorers

Did You Know?
• Of the five Royals ranked in scoring position entering the conference meet (top 8), four are underclassmen. 

Off the Track (and Field)
• The Royals visited Feed My Starving Children earlier this year, helping to pack over 30,000 meals in two and a half hours.  

CARLETON | Knights' men's track and field home page | 

Head coach
• Dave Ricks (13th season)

A Year Ago
• 4th place | 91.5 points

Athletes to Watch
• Hart Hornor (Sr. | ranked third in the MIAC and 16th nationally in the 3000-meter run; ranked second in the MIAC for the 5000-meter run)
• Jerry Cook-Gallardo (So. | ranked first in the MIAC at both the 600-meter and 800-meter [8th nationally] distances; ranked fifth in the MIAC and 28th nationally for the mile run; defending conference champion in the 800m and 1000m)
• Dwight Alexander (So. | ranked second in the MIAC and 37th nationally in the long jump)
• Pete Dehkes (Jr. | ranked second in the MIAC and 25th nationally for the high jump)
• Evan Howard (Sr. | ranked fifth in the MIAC for the 55-meter dash)

By the Numbers
• 3: Three different Knights have won MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards this season: Dwight Alexander, Jerry Cook-Gallardo, and Pete Dehkes.
• 4: Jerry Cook-Gallardo possess a MIAC top-six time in four events: 600m, 800m, 100m, and mile.
• 4: Carleton's fourth-place finish at the 2015 conference indoor championships was its best since 1997.

Did You Know?
• Carleton is hosting the MIAC indoor championships for the fourth time (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2016).

Off the Track (and Field)
• The Knights were named an USTFCCCA All-Academic team last season for the seventh year in a row. 

CONCORDIA | Cobbers' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Garrick Larson (23rd season)

A Year Ago
• 6th place | 52.0 points
  
Athletes to Watch
• Nick Anderson (Jr. | Ranked fifth in the triple jump and seventh in the high jump)
• Matthew Lillehaugen (Sr. | Ranked 12th in the 1000 meters)
• Josh Murrey (Jr. | Ranked sixth in the MIAC in the pole vault)
• Jackson Schepp (Jr. | All-MIAC in the triple jump in 2015; Ranked first in the heptathlon, fifth in the high jump and 10th in the 60-meter hurdles)
• David Supinski (Fr. | Ranked fifth in the MIAC in the 600 meters and 11th in the 400 meters)
 
By the Numbers
• 2: Concordia has finished sixth at the MIAC Indoor Meet in the past three years.
• 3: Concordia has three of the top 7 athletes in the high jump rankings in 2016.
• 23: Head coach Garrick Larson is in his 23rd season at Concordia which is the longest tenured head coach in the history of the program.
 
Did You Know?
• Senior Matthew Lillehaugen just returned to competition this season after taking two years off due to an injury. He returned in triumphant style by posting the eighth best time in program history in the 1000 meters.  

GUSTAVUS | Gusties' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Dale Bahr (Seventh season)

A Year Ago
• Ninth place | 36 points

Athletes to Watch
• Paul Nordquist (5000-meter, Sr. | Ranks first in the MIAC (46th/NCAA) in the 5000-meter with a time of 14:58.47)
• Sam Fischer (Weight Throw, Sr. | Ranks first in the MIAC (11th/NCAA) in the weigh throw with a distance of 58-8.75)
• Thomas Knobbe (5000-meter, Jr. | Ranks third in the MIAC in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:02.15)
• Derek Huntley (Pole Vault, Jr. | Tied for third in the MIAC in the pole vault with a height of 14-8)
• David Hoien (Pole Vault, Jr. | Tied for third in the MIAC in the pole vault with a height of 14-8)

By the Numbers
• 53: Number of student-athletes on the roster
• 2: Sets of twin brothers on the team, Alex and Kyle Fredrickson (Jr., Victoria, Minn.), and Ed and Sam ReMine (Jr., Mantorville, Minn.) 

Did You Know?
• Sam Fischer set a personal record in the weight throw with a distance of 58-8.75 at last week's Kilt Classic. Fischer's throw is just 2-4.5 shy of the Gustavus indoor record. 

Off the Track (and Field)
• Senior Jake Kohl (Faribault, Minn.) is a member of a select number of student-athletes who serves for the Gustavus Student-Athlete Volunteer Educators (SAVE). SAVE is a group of Gusties who are devoted to educating their fellow athletes on healthy lifestyle choices. SAVE members help other athletes make healthy choices by providing them with information, serving as a resource when they face pressures, and by leading by example. 

HAMLINE l Pipers' men's track and field home page l

Head coach
• Paul Schmaedeke (31st season)

A Year Ago
• 3rd place | 95 points

Athletes to Watch
• Travis Jacobson (So., Throws, third in Shot Put and Weight Throw so far this year)
• Chase Duwenhoegger (So., Throws, MIAC Champ last year in Shot Put, 4th so far this year)
• Tom Larson (Sr., Sprints, former 200 M champ, 4th this year in 55 and 60 M, 6th in 200 M)
• Isaac Krause (Jr., Middle Distance, ranked 3rd in 600 Meters, 8th in 800 Meters)
• Dylan Olson (Fr., Sprints, Top 55 M Hurdle time in MIAC so far, 7.96 secs)

By the Numbers
• 7: athletes in top three events so far this year
• 53-5: distance in feet Eric Dols has thrown the Shot Put – top freshman and second overall
• 65: members on team roster

Did You Know?
• 18 freshmen on this year's team

Off the Track (and Field)
• The Pipers have had an Academic All-American each of the past two seasons (graduated PV Mark Volker). 

MACALESTER | Scots' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Margaret Gehring (2nd season)

A Year Ago
• 10th place | 27 points

In the 2015 NCAA Championships
• NCAA postseason results: 47th place | 4 points (Logan Hovie 5th in HJ)

Athletes to Watch
• Logan Hovie (HJ, Sr. | Qualified for nationals with a height of 2.07m)
• Nolan Ebner (Middle distance, So. | 1:56.04 800m, 1:22.94 600m)
• Jack Schultenover (Sprints, So. | 7.21 60m dash)
• Mac Doherty (Distance, Fy. | 9:04.59 3000m)
• Trevor Maggart (Distance, Sr. | 4:28.09 mile run)

By the Numbers
• 5: Logan Hovie has won all five high jump competitions in which he has competed this season
• 3: Number of school record holders to compete this weekend (Logan Hovie - HJ, Nolan Ebner - 800m, Jack Schultenover - 60m)
• 0.24: Nolan Ebner's season best time in the 600 meters is 0.24 seconds off the school record

Did You Know?
• Logan Hovie won the MIAC high jump and placed fifth nationally both indoors and outdoors last season.

Off the Track (and Field)
• The team volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, packing 20,520 meals for children in Haiti. 

SAINT JOHN'S | Johnnies' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Jeremy Karger-Gatzow (First season)

A Year Ago
• Fifth place | 61 points

Athletes to Watch
• Thomas Feichtinger (Sr. | Two-time national entrant in outdoor track…finished second and third in the 800 and 1,000 meters, respectively, at the 2015 MIAC Indoor Championships…has the second-best time in the 1,000 meters this season….holds the fourth-best time in the 800 meters and mile run)
• Max Martin (Fr. | Has the second-fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles this season)
• Drew Schoenbauer (Fr. | Is eighth in the 200-meter dash and ninth in the 55-meter dash)
• Peyton Thiry (Jr. | Is sixth in the weight throw and 16th in the shot put)
• Raymond Twumasi (Jr. | Won the triple jump at the 2015 MIAC Outdoor Championships…has the second-best distance in the triple jump this season)

By the Numbers
• 9: Feichtinger is a nine-time All-MIAC honoree (top three individually, member of champion relay team) in track. He also earned All-MIAC distinction with a seventh-place finish at the 2015 MIAC Championship in cross country this past fall.
• 800: Feichtinger has excelled in the 800 meters over the past few seasons. He has won the MIAC outdoor title in the event each of the last three seasons, took first indoors in 2014 and second last spring. In 2013, Feichtinger became the first SJU freshman to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships since 1992 (Mike Cihlar '95) and the first in the program's history to earn All-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the event.
• 18: The Johnnies entered the conference meet with 18 top-10 individual marks/times this season.

Did You Know?
• SJU will host the 2016 MIAC Outdoor Championships May 13-14 in Clemens Stadium, which will overlap with the 2016 MIAC Baseball Tournament May 12-14 in Cold Spring and Collegeville.

Off the Track (and Field)
• Feichtinger and the rest of the 2015 SJU track and field team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic recognition. Feichtinger is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection in both cross country and track. 

SAINT MARY'S | Cardinals' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Niels Anderson (3rd season)

A Year Ago
• 11th place | 23 points

Athletes to Watch
• Morris Dennis (So., 6-1, 180, Elk River, Minn. | School-record holder in indoor (49.87) and outdoor 400 (48.04). … NCAA national championships qualifier in outdoor 400. … MIAC champion in outdoor 400. … First-Team All-MIAC in both indoor and outdoor 400. … Owns four school records)
• James Davis (Fr., 6-0, 175, Dallas, Texas | Set school record in the 200 (22.71) at the 2016 UW-Stevens Point Big Dawg Invitational)
• Brandon Krogman (So., 6-0, 150, Owatonna, Minn. | Etched his name in school record books with a time of 1:58.74 in the 800 at the 2016 UW-Stevens Point Big Dawg Invitational … Also a member of school record-setting 4x400 relay team)

By The Numbers
• 1: Morris Dennis made his first NCAA national championships appearance at the 2015 outdoor national championships in Canton, N.Y., on May 29.
• 1/5: Bryan Ortman is among the top five MIAC performers in the triple jump and the long jump. Ortman's leap of 13.68m in the triple jump is No. 1 among conference athletes, while his 6.61m mark in the long jump is No. 5.
• 7: The Cardinals broke seven school records a year ago—six during the indoor season and four more during the outdoor season. Ross Kinderman (60 hurdles), Morris Dennis (400), Brandon Krogman (600) and the 1,600 relay team of Kinderman, Dennis, Krogman and Tyler Fiebig all set new school indoor marks, while Kinderman (110 hurdles), Dennis (400), and Jovan Newsum (10,000) added outdoor records.

Did You Know?
• The Cardinals boasted a pair of all-conference performers at last season's MIAC Indoor Championships, getting third-place efforts from Ross Kinderman in the 60 hurdles and Morris Dennis in the 400.

Off The Track
• The Cardinals boasted four athletes - Aaron Haley, John Soucheray, Phil Emmerich and Bryan Ortman - on the MIAC Winter/Spring Academic All-MIAC Team. 

ST. OLAF | Oles' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Phil Lundin (8th season)

A Year Ago
• 2nd place | 142 points

In the 2015 NCAA Championships
• St. Olaf finished 4th as a team at the 2015 NCAA Championships with 33 points.  The Oles had two national champions in Jake Campbell (3000) and Paul Escher (mile), as well as the runner-up in the 300, Grant Wintheiser. Campbell also finished fourth in the 5000.

Athletes to Watch
• Nick Woods (Throws, Junior | Woods has thrown 15.39 in the shot put, an event he placed ninth at last year at the MIAC indoor meet.)
• Joe Coffey (Mid-Distance, Junior | Has run 4:09.66 in the mile, the fifth fastest time in Division III this season and 2:29.25 in the 1000.)
• Paul Escher Mid-Distance, Senior | Defending national champion in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500, currently has the second fastest time in the mile in Division III competition.  Defending MIAC champion in the mile.  Escher beat his own school record in the 1000 this year with a time of 2:27.61)
• James McFarlin (Sprints, Senior | McFarlin was fourth in the 400 and seventh in the 200 at last years MIAC Championships.  Has run 22.67 for 200 and 50.15 for 400 this season.)
• Paul Timm (Distance, Sophomore | Ran on the St. Olaf cross country 2015 national team.  Has qualified for the 3000 and the 5000 with times of 8:46.1 and 15:19.8)

By the Numbers
• 3: Athletes St. Olaf qualified to the 2015 Indoor National Championships, still placing fourth as a team
• 20: Points separating St. Olaf from winner St. Thomas at last year's MIAC Championships
• 4: Defending MIAC Champions from St. Olaf who are back to defend their titles - Kevin Skrip (600), Paul Escher (mile), Jake Campbell (5000) and the DMR relay team

Did You Know?
• Paul Escher broke the St. Olaf school record in the 1000 a week before the MIAC Championships this year.

Off the Track (and Field)
• Escher was the 2015 USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete of the year. 

ST. THOMAS | Tommies' men's track and field home page |

Head coach
• Steve Mathre (21st season)

A Year Ago
• Champions | 162 points

Athletes to Watch
• Micah Hausman (Throws, Jr., | 4X MIAC place winner; Seeded 2nd in MIAC, 14th nationally in weight throw)
• Brian Jarvey (Sprints/Relays, Sr., | 8-time MIAC champ in 200, 400, 4x200, 4x400)
• Connor O'Neill (Multi, Jr., | All-America, missed most of 2015 with injury)
• Matt Schauer (Throws, Sr., | NCAA outdoor qualifier in 2015, 4X MIAC top-2 placewinner, seeded 10th nationally)
• Michael Witschen (LJ, Jr., | 13th national seed in long jump, 2 top-2 MIAC finishes)

By the Numbers
• 31: MIAC teams titles in the 31-year history of the MIAC men's T&F championships
• 16: Top-5 seedings in MIAC for Tommie men this season, a conference high
•  5: Top-25 Division III seedings for Tommie men this season (400, SP, WT, LJ, 4x400)

Did You Know?
• Connor O'Neill scored 38 points in 11 events as a freshman at the 2014 MIAC championships indoors and outdoors.

Off the Track (and Field)
• The Tommies' 3.15 team grade-point average includes five athletes ranked in the top 75 nationally indoors who have gpas of 3.35 or better. 

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