Senior P.J. Theisen received the MIAC men's honor for best overall performance at last weekend's championship meet. Theisen won the 400 hurdles in 52.63, which ranks second-best in Division III this season. The top three finishers rank in the top 11 of Division III.
Other special awards went to Chris Erichsen of St. John's, who swept the 5,000, 10,000, and steeplechase and was named Top Track Athlete; Erik Diley of St. John's, who won the long jump in an NCAA automatic mark of 23-11 1-2; and Hamline's Lynden Reder, Outdoor Coach of the Year.
Theisen scored 32 individual points and contributed to 18 relay points to hekp the Tommies to a comeback victory in the team race. Besides his 400 hurdles win, he also anchored the winning 4x100 relay in 42.18 with Chris Bradford, Sam Moen and Phil Bastron. Theisen added a second place in Friday's long jump in a season-best 23-8, which ranks sixth in Division III. He also took second in the 110 high hurdles (NCAA provisional 14.66) and third in the triple jump (45-10 3-4). He ran on the runner-up 4x400 relay (3:19.23) with Phil Bastron, Brian Sames and Pat Jager.
Theisen finished with 34 career top-5 MIAC meet places (15 firsts in relay or individual events) and has scored a remarkable 233 career individual points in his eight MIAC meets (indoors and outdoors) and helped UST win seven of a possible eight team championships.