BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With just two weekends of competition remaining before the 2019 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, competition is at its peak.
Two MIAC teams are ranked among the top 50 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track and Field Rating Index. Macalester leads the way at No. 46, followed by Hamline at No. 47.
MIAC teams also make up half of the Central Region's Top 10 this week. St. Thomas is No. 5, followed by Hamline at No. 7, Carleton at No. 8, St. Olaf at No. 9, and Concordia at No. 10.
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.
Macalester senior Phoebe Aguiar (Prairie Village, Kan. | Shawnee Mission East) won the 800 meters at the Hamster Invitational on Friday, posting the nation's fastest time of the season at 2:11.69.
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 and it remains the 10th-best time in Division III this season.
St. Thomas senior Grace Bordson (Hutchinson, Minn.) logged a high jump of 5-6 at the St. Olaf Quad to close out January, which ties her for the seventh-best leap in D-III this year.
St. Thomas rookie Megan Gehrke (Faribault, Minn.) registered a shot put of 45-10.50 at the Chuck Peterson Open in December, the fifth-best distance in D-III this season.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg junior Kenna Bannister (Lakefield, Minn. | Jackson County Central) set a personal-best by more than a half-foot in both the shot put and weight throw, placing sixth in each event at last weekend's Gene Glader Classic. Bannister recorded a 10.68-meter (35-feet-0.5) effort in the shot put and a 12.67-meter (41-feet-7) effort in the weight throw.
Bethel middle distance runner Malakai Holloway (Eden Prairie, Minn.) won the 800 meters at last weekend's home meet. The first-year runner utilized a big second-half push to cross the finish line in 2:25.16.
Carleton junior Emma Thomley (Cannon Falls, Minn.) won the 200-meter dash at the seven-team Hamster Invitational held at Macalester College last Friday. Racing in the event for the first time this season, Thomley crossed the line with a time of 28.30.
Concordia rookie Cayle Hovland (Willmar, Minn.) recorded a top-15 mark in Division III in the shot put at the Bison Open, finishing 10th in the event where the top nine student-athletes were all from Division I North Dakota State. Hovland's distance of 43-06.00 is the second best in the MIAC this year and fifth-farthest in program history.
Gustavus junior Lily Anderson (Waterville, Minn. | Waterville-Elysian-Morristown) placed fourth overall and first among Division III competitors in the 600 meters at last weekend's Ted Nelson Classic with a time of 1:39.37.
Hamline sophomore Nyjah Willis (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) won the weight throw at last weekend's Hamster Invitational by nearly four feet with a distance of 51-9.75. The throw bettered her previous personal best by 10 inches and is the best distance by a MIAC thrower this season.
Macalester senior Phoebe Aguiar (Prairie Village, Kan. | Shawnee Mission East) won the 800 meters at the Hamster Invitational on Friday, posting the nation's fastest time of the season. Her time of 2:11.69 broke the school and fieldhouse records by nearly five seconds and is .60 off the all-time MIAC record, set by Bethel's Marie Borner in 2010. Aguiar also anchored the Scots' 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish in 4:11.63.
Saint Benedict senior Jenna Degan (Gull Lake, Minn. | Brainerd) competed in six different events at the Bison Open last weekend. Among her highlights were a tie for third in the high jump (1.57) and a sixth-place showing in the shot put with a personal best distance of 10.52. Degan finished eighth overall with a score of 3,234 -- currently tops in the MIAC and 20th in Division III.
St. Catherine senior Marie Morrier (Hudson, N.H. | Academy for Science and Design) picked up her first win of the season at the Gene Glader Classic last weekend with a strong final lap of the mile run, edging ahead for the victory in a personal record time of 5:23.77. Her finish is the fifth-fastest all-time in program history.
Saint Mary's sophomore Rachel Ohde (Chetek, Wis. | McDonnell Central) led the way for the Cardinals at the Luther Invite last weekend, winning the women's high jump with a meet-record 1.62 meters. Ohde's effort was one of six first-place results on the afternoon for Saint Mary's.
St. Olaf rookie Kierra Carter (New Berlin, Wis. | West) competed in the triple jump and the long jump for the Oles at the Hamster Invitational. In the triple jump, Carter posted a second-place finish with a distance of 8.57 meters and in the long jump, she registered a distance of 4.03 meters to place eighth.
St. Thomas rookie Claire Chell (Des Moines, Iowa) had two top-three MIAC times and two top-50 NCAA D-III times at last Saturday's Ted Nelson Classic. She had the 11th-best time in both the 200 dash and 60 hurdles, finishing in the top-three among D-III runners entered. Her time of 26.26 in the 200 ranks third in the MIAC, while her 9.25 hurdles time ranks second.