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Men's Track makes it 35-for-35 in league team crowns

Nathan Lodermeier photo
Nathan Lodermeier photo


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Friday results

Complete results


St. Thomas Men's Track and Field had six victories among 16 top-three placings and cruised to a 79.5-point team win over runner-up Carleton at the two-day MIAC Indoor Championships at St. Olaf.

The Tommies received points from 29 different athletes. They scored in 20 of 21 events -- 185 points in all -- only missing in the 4x200, where it initially had a top-four finish was disqualified.

Coach Steve Mathre's team made it 35 team titles out of a possible 35 since the first MIAC indoor meet was contested in 1985. Mathre has guided St. Thomas to 42 of a possible 47 league team titles indoors and outdoors in his 24 seasons.

This marks the 20th winter in a row that St. Thomas has swept the conference men's and women's team titles in indoor track and field. Coupled with St. Thomas' women's basketball playoff title win on Saturday over Augsburg, this makes 500 MIAC team championships for Tommie teams (430 regular season, 70 playoff).

Sophomore Carl Kozlowski swept to wins in the 800 and 1000. His winning time in the 1000 was a season best 2:28.59, third fastest by a Tommie in the last 21 years.

Senior Nick Spann repeated as MIAC indoor champ in the triple jump. Seeded seventh, he had a career-best 47-1 1-2 and moved into the top 15 nationally.

Junior Aidan Ritzenthaler, seeded fourth, won the pole vault (14-6). Teammates Michael Bury, Wyatt Amdahl and Adam Rikkers placed 4-5-8.

Gage O'Brien and David Danhauer placed 2-4 in the shot put. O'Brien's mark of 53-11 1-4 moves him to 14th on the national list.

Freshman Eric Douville took second in the 200 in a collegiate-best time of 22.45. Junior Karl Wachter had his second runner-up finish of the meet as he took second in the 3,000 in 8:30.20, ranked 25th nationally.

Brian Carl took third in the 600.

Conor White and Joshua Prater took 6-8 in the triple jump.

Freshman Biel Wiel took seventh in the 3000. The 4x400 relay took seventh with Mason Thedens, Jonah Schoenfelder, Carl and Prater.




Friday story

Defending champion St. Thomas Men's Track and Field has opened up a 48-point lead near the halfway point of the MIAC Indoor Championships in Northfield.

Ten events will be contested Saturday as the meet wraps up with field events starting at 11 a.m., and track events starting at 1 p.m.

The Tommies have scored in all 11 events thus far and have 103 points.

Carleton (55), Bethel (53), St. John's (46) and Gustavus (46) are all in the chase for a top-three finish.


Friday Highlights

Conor White (long jump), Carl Kozlowski (800) and Eric Holst recorded victories for St. Thomas, with Nick Spann (long jump), Karl Wachter (mile) and Jordan Johnson (heptathlon) all posted seconds.

White and Spann led a 1-2-4-6 showing in the long jump. White popped a 23-8, currently fifth best nationally, while Spann's 23-2 is 19th in Division III. White also placed seventh in the 100 meters. Bill Lichliter and Jake Kelly took 5-6 in the long jump.

Johnson and Tyler Adler placed 2-3 in the heptathlon for 14 points. Johnson's 4696 points rank 12th nationally, and Adler's 4444 total ranks 23rd.

Holst, an NCAA champion last May in the hammer throw, took his first MIAC victory as he won the weight throw in 64-2 1-2. David Danhauer and Gage O'Brien placed fifth and seventh.

Kozlowski ran 1:54.04 to win the 800. Wachter (4:17.6) and Parker Rosenau placed 2-5 in the mile for 12 points.

In the 60 hurdles, the Toms went 3-6-7 for 11 points with freshman Erik Anderson, Austin Coates and Jonah Schoenfelder.

Freshman Eric Douville had a college-best 6.99 clocking for third place in the 60 dash.

George McGivern took seventh in the 5,000 and took 17 seconds off his personal-best time as he clocked 15:16.

Mason Thedens placed seventh in the 400. Freshman Noah Steward took seventh in the high jump.

The Toms' distance medley relay took eighth with Erik Sworski, Schoenfelder, Landon Javens and Chase Graff.