By Megan Gaard, MIAC
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The University of St. Thomas women's outdoor track and field team completed a decade dominance with a thrilling performance over the weekend at the 2014 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The Tommies captured their 10th-straight conference title, which is also the 30th in program history in the 33 years of the event.
St. Thomas won a decisive victory with 187 total points, more than 70 points better than the next best team. In second place, Carleton finished strongly with 114 points. Concordia scored triple digits at 105.3 points, good enough for a third-place finish. Saint Benedict ranked fourth with 92.3 and Hamline not far behind scored 83 points. Bethel came in sixth with 61.5 followed by St. Olaf with 56.5 points scored. Gustavus and Macalester tied for eighth place with 51 points apiece. Augsburg was 10th with 25 and St. Catherine (17.3 points) and Saint Mary's (14.0) rounded out the final three spots.
| RESULTS |
St. Thomas dominated on the track en route to the 10th-straight title. Senior Mallory Burnham racked up several first-place victories including the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.13, re-breaking the meet record she set during Friday's prelims. Burnham also outran her competition in the 100 meter dash at 12.01 and in the 200 meter dash at 24.95. In the 1,500-meter run, Emily Gapinski finished first in a time of 4:35.13, Kayla Goeman defended her title as 800-meter champion, clocking in at 2:12.40. Defending champions Angela Tipp, Erika Tipp, Kayla Janto, and Kayla Goeman solidified a first-place victory in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 3:53.62.
Concordia dominated the field events with first-place finishes in javelin throw, triple jump and shot put, which propelled the Cobbers to their third-place finish. Olivia Johnson from Concordia finished with a first-place victory in the javelin throw with a distance of 136-9 (41.69m). In the triple jump, Hilary Thompson soared beyond the rest with a distance of 38-9 (11.81m). Cherae Reeves finished first in the shot put with a distance of 46-8 (14.22m).
In the Steeplechase, Carleton's Ruth Steinke outran the competition with a time of 10:58.87 securing her a first-place finish and breaking the stadium record. Steinke's performance helped her team solidify a second-place finish in the team standings.
Bethel also had a great day on the track, as the Royals' 4x100-meter relay team of Jillian Krier, Courtney Fregeau, Tessa Peterson, and Ashley Magelssen finished in first place with a time of 47.68 seconds. Fregeau added to Bethel's glory with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash. She won a close race over St. Thomas' Angela Tipp 56.43 to 56.99.
Hamline's Marolyn Saulsberry scored a first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 63.09 seconds. As the number one seed going into the event, Saulsberry confirmed her ranking with a decisive victory. Macalester's Kimber Meyer flew past the competition in the 5,000-meter run, and crossed the finish line in 16:59.19 to break a long-standing meet record. As a first year student-athlete, Meyer's outdoor championship debut was certainly memorable, and promises for more to come.
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.