Tommies make it three-straight MIAC Outdoor Track and Field titles

Tommies make it three-straight MIAC Outdoor Track and Field titles

By Megan Gaard, MIAC

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The 2014 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The University of St. Thomas celebrated its third-straight conference title, and pushed their MIAC-leading total to 32 total outdoor championships.

St. Thomas won the title with 172.5 total points over the course of the two-day championship to win an extremely close competition against the host school. St. Olaf contended for the title up until the last event with 159 points to finish second. Hamline and Saint John's both recorded triple digits with 110 and 108 points to finish third and fourth, respectively. With 66.5 points, Gustavus finished in fifth place followed by Bethel with 62 and Carleton with 57. In eighth place, Concordia racked in 52 points. Augsburg finished with 41.5, Macalester ended with 28.5 and Saint Mary's had 1.0 points to round out the final standings.  


Success on the track and in the field propelled the Tommies atop the competition, as they recorded first-place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter dash. Joe Wistrcill won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.20. In the 400 meter dash, Brian Jarvey finished first with a time of 48.25. In the field, Bryan Thell won the hammer throw with a distance of 172-3 (52.51m). Maxwell Dunne set the bar high in pole vault finishing with the top height of 15-0 (4.57m). Dunne adds the pole vault crown to his MIAC decathlon title, claimed last weekend.

St. Olaf continuously closed the gap throughout the championships between the Tommies behind several individual victories.  In the steeplechase, Jake Brown completed the course in 9:09.49 to finish first. Men's Outstanding Indoor Athlete Grant Wintheiser continued his tremendous season, securing a first-place victory in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line five seconds before the runner up with a time of 14:52.59.

The Oles were also outstanding in the relay events. St. Olaf's 4x400-meter relay team of James McFarlin, Jb Tut, Kevin Skrip and Aaron Stets finished first in their event with a time of 3:16.90. Cameron Smith, James McFarlin, Kevin Skrip and Aaron Stets won the 4X100 meter relay  in 41.95.

In the 1,500-meter run, Bethel's Zach Haskins outran his competitors with a time of 3:55.44. The Royals received another great performance from Mark Rice, who successfully defended his MIAC title in the 400-meter hurdles with a first-place time of 53.76.  

 Defending champion Logan Hovie from Macalester secured a first-place victory in the high jump with a height of 6-7.5 (2.02m).  For Hamline, Amani Lee won the triple jump with a distance of 46-2 (14.07m). Tom Larson placed first for the Pipers as well, as he won the 100-meter dash in 10.89 seconds.

Saint John's had a pair of individual event winners, starting with a first-place finish by Thomas Feichtinger, who won the 800-meter dash in 1:52.62. In the discus throw, Quinn Anderson got the Johnnies another victory with his distance of  154-9 (47.18m). Concordia's top highlight came courtesy of sprinter Ben Vickstrom, who won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.17 seconds. 

There was a brief awards ceremony Saturday to honor both the men's and women's team champions. The top three individuals in each event and the first-place relay team will automatically earn All-Conference honors, and the fourth- through sixth-place finishers in each open event and second- through sixth-place relay teams will all be named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Complete outdoor track awards will be voted on by coaches and announced in the coming week.

Fan's can re-live the action of the 2014 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship's on the event's web page which includes complete results and recap. The MIAC would like to thank St. Olaf College and its coaches and staff for their efforts as the host school, and Apple Raceberry Jam for providing results for the championships.

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