Alyssa Deutschmann, Concordia

Hastings, Minn. / Hastings
Week of: 2011-05-09

Concordia’s Alyssa Deutschmann (Hastings, Minn.) had quite a week, winning the high jump twice, setting a new school record, hitting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and recording six top-seven finished in field events at two different meets. The top highlight was her first-place finish and school record in the high jump at Saturday’s MSU-Moorhead Meet against NCAA Division II and NAIA competition, which put her atop the MIAC performance list and in the top five in all of Division III in the process. For her big week, Deutschmann has been named the MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.


Deutschmann broke a Cobber record that had stood since 1987 when she cleared the bar at 1.70 meters (5-07.00) at Saturday’s meet to finish first and meet the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark of (1.65 meters). She’s the only MIAC jumper to go higher than 1.63 meters this season, and her new personal best ranks fourth in all of Division III. In addition, she finished seventh in both the triple jump and the long jump at the event. Four days earlier, Deutschmann won the high hump and finished second in both the triple jump and long jump at the Concordia Sunny Day Meet. She ranks fifth in the MIAC in her other two events.

Deutschmann is peaking at the right time, as the 2011 MIAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted this weekend by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., running both Friday and Saturday. Competition begins Friday with field events starting at noon, and track events starting at 2 p.m. Saturday’s action starts with field events at 1:30 p.m., the steeplechase at 3:30 p.m. and the rest of the running events at 4 p.m.


Kelly Lovett, Carleton

Portland, Ore. / Lincoln
Week of: 2011-05-02

Two-time All-American Kelly Lovett (Portland, Ore. / Lincoln) was at her best last weekend with an impressive showing against a supremely talented field at the Drake Relays in Iowa. The Carleton College senior set a new school record and met the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying standard all with one superb javelin throw while facing top competition from NCAA Division I. For her performance, Lovett has been named the MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.


Lovett’s record-setting javelin throw traveled a distance of 45.54 meters, which easily outdistanced both her previous best this season, and the automatic mark. Her previous top throw in 2011 was 42.67 meters, and the automatic distance was 44.40. Lovett’s school record throw now ranks atop the MIAC performance list, and it ranks third in all of Division III. Lovett finished sixth in the event at the Drake Relays, behind five Division I competitors, and ahead of 13 more student-athletes from Division I, as well as top competition from both Division II and III as well.


Lovett and the Knights will have one more tune-up this week before competing at the MIAC Outdoor Championships. Carleton will travel to St. Paul Thursday for the Tommie Twilight Meet at the University of St. Thomas at 4 p.m. The MIAC Outdoor Championships will be held May 13-14 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.


Emily Van Heel, St. Thomas

Swanville, Minn. / Little Falls
Week of: 2011-04-25

St. Thomas’ Emily Van Heel (Swanville, Minn./Little Falls) has had quite the impact during her freshman track and field season, and her first-year excellence continued last week with her best performance to date in the triple jump. A star sprinter, Van Heel demonstrated her versatility at Thursday’s Capitol City Championships hosted by Hamline University when she won the triple jump with a new personal-best distance. For her performance, Van Heel was named the MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

Van Heel’s latest star performance resulted in her first-place finish in the triple jump at Hamline. She recorded a distance of 11.49 meters, or 37-08.5, which is her all-time best mark in the event. The jump also met the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark (11.36 meters) and it ranks as the best distance in the event in the MIAC this season. Van Heel also has the conference’s top time in the 400-meter dash, and ranks in the top three in the 100 and 200 this spring. This is Van Heel’s first Field Athlete-of-the-Week honors after earning Track Athlete-of-the-Week honors twice during the indoor season.

The Tommies will use this week to prepare for a busy weekend down south in Iowa. UST is scheduled to send athletes to both the Simpson Twilight meet on Friday evening in Indianola, Iowa, and to the Drake Relays, which will run from Thursday to Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.


Sara Harstad, Saint Mary's

Chatfield, Minn. / Chatfield
Week of: 2011-04-18

Friday night lights are usually reserved for football games, but they set quite the stage for Saint Mary’s senior Sara Harstad (Chatfield, Minn.) to turn in an unforgettable performance last Friday in La Crosse, Wis. The Cardinals’ thrower turned in a record-setting performance in the hammer throw at Friday night’s UW-La Crosee Esten Challenge where she shattered her own school record, provisionally qualified for nationals and jumped to the top of the MIAC performance list. As a result, Harstad has been named the MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.


Harstad’s record-setting hammer throw traveled a distance of 49.64 meters. Her new personal best and school record beat her hold mark by more than 2.5 meters, and it eclipsed the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying distance of 47.70 meters. Harstad also inched past Hamline’s Brenna Coyle for the MIAC’s top throw this spring by just 0.03 meters, setting up one of the closes competitions for the top spot in the conference. Earlier this spring, Harstad finished sixth at the MIAC Indoor Championships in the weight throw.


Saint Mary’s and its star thrower will return to action this weekend, when it travels across town for a nearby road meet. The Cardinals will compete Saturday at the Winona State Easter Invitational, hosted by Winona State University. SMU will return to La Crosse four days later for the UW-La Crosse Invite.


Janey Helland, Gustavus

Mapleton, Minn. / Maple River
Week of: 2011-04-11

Gustavus All-American Janey Helland (Mapleton, Minn./Maple River) had an unforgettable indoor track and field season, but she might be line for even more success during the outdoor season after just two meets thus far. Helland has already met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark for Division III nationals in both the heptathalon and the long jump, and she currently ranks in the top seven in the nation in both events to go along with numerous first-place finishes. For her terrific early-season results, Helland has been named the first MIAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week for the 2011 season.

Helland’s superb outdoor season started with a great performance at the Wartburg Select invite on April 2. The Gustie senior finished first in the heptathalon, long jump, high jump and 800-meter run, and her total of 4,407 points in the helptathalon was well above the provisional mark, and it ranks as the top score in the MIAC and No. 5 in all of Division III. Helland continued her brilliance at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational a week later, winning the long jump and beating the provisional standard with a distance of 18-04.5. Her distance in the long jump is also tops in the MIAC and No. 7 in the nation.

Helland will get to continue her super spring with a performance in front of her home fans this weekend. Gustavus will host the Lee Krough Invitational on its home track in St. Peter Saturday as the Gusties will compete for the third time since the outdoor season got under way.