BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) indoor track and field season officially got underway last weekend. Every MIAC women's track and field team is scheduled for competition this weekend with just over a month remaining before the 2019 conference championship.
St. Thomas is the top-ranked MIAC team in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Rating Index, coming in at No. 38 in the nation.
Hamline senior Gabrielle Brown (St. Paul, Minn. | Johnson) holds the nation's fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.79, recorded at the Chuck Peterson Open in December.
St. Olaf junior Johanna Glaaser (Northfield, Minn. | New Trier) recorded a time of 57.84 in the 400 meters at December's Chuck Peterson Open, currently the third-best time in Division III.
St. Thomas rookie Megan Gehrke (Faribault, Minn.) registered a shot put of 45'10.5" at the Chuck Peterson Open in December, the second-best distance in D-III this season.
St. Thomas senior Grace Bordson (Hutchinson, Minn.) logged a high jump of 5'5.75" at the Chuck Peterson Open in December to secure the 10th best leap in the country this season.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg, Bethel, Macalester, and Saint Benedict will all make their 2019 season debuts this weekend. The Auggies are set to compete at the St. Thomas Invite and Bethel will participate in Macalester's Vanessa Seljeskog Invitational on Friday, while Saint Ben's is scheduled for Wartburg's Chelsey Henkenius Open in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday.
Carleton's trio of Helen Schuda (Seattle, Wash. | Roosevelt), Amanda Mosborg (Edina, Minn.), and Emma Greenlee (Aurora, Minn. | Mesabi East) finished 3-4-5 in the mile run at the Minnesota Open last weekend. Schuda (5:23.72) just barely edged Mosborg (5:23.89) for third place, with Greenlee not far behind her fellow Knights (5:24.76).
Concordia got a taste of competition at the NDSU Dakota Classic back in December. Sophomore Carly Fornshell (Bismarck, N.D. | Century) won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:52.59 in finals. The Cobbers host their home meet on Saturday.
Gustavus junior Lily Anderson (Waterville, Minn. | Waterville-Elysian-Morristown) won the 400-meter in 1:01.10 and took second in the 200 at 27.06 last weekend at the St. Thomas Opener.
Hamline junior Briana Berninghaus (Montgomery, Minn. | Montgomery-Lonsdale) posted two first-place finishes at The Opener last Friday, with a time of 7.95 in the 60-meter dash and 16.32 in the 200-meters. Both times represent MIAC-bests this season.
St. Catherine sophomore Riley McMahon (Union Grove, Wis.) won the mile by 11 seconds, finishing in 5:31.87 at the Lewis Invitational last Friday.
Saint Mary's junior Danielle Franke (Mounds View, Minn. | Irondale) won the mile in 5:50.19 at the Cardinals' home meet last Saturday.
St. Olaf sophomore Jena Hauch (Maple Grove, Minn.) collected two first-place finishes at the St. Thomas Opener, clocking in at 2:25.17 in the 800-meter run and helping the Oles' 4x400-meter relay team to a time of 4:20.94.
St. Thomas senior Grace Bordson (Hutchinson, Minn.) won the high jump at The Opener last Friday with a mark of 5'4.75", good for a top-15 placement nationally. The senior jumper cleared 5'5.75" in December, which ranks 10th in Division III this season.