St. Thomas will attempt to repeat as MIAC outdoor track and field champion this weekend in Moorhead. The UST women have won seven in a row and 25 of the last 27 outdoor team titles, and also have a streak of 13 consecutive conference indoor crowns.
Coach Joe Sweeney, completing his 33rd season, has guided the Tommies to 68 conference team titles in cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field.
The Tommie women are is seeded first in four events, second in four events, and third in four events.
In the MIAC indoor meet in March, St. Thomas outscored runner-up Carleton by a margin of 164-114. UST scored in 16 of 20 events and received points from 19 different athletes, with six victories.
In all, the St. Thomas men and women have won 109 all-time MIAC team titles in indoor and outdoor track and field.
Sweeney will lean on a few dynamic competitors to lead UST's 2012 championship pursuit.
--UST’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays rank in the top eight nationally. Its 4x100 ran 47.32 last week. That's just .07 of a second off the school record set by the 1997 NCAA champion relay team. The 3:49.87 clocking in the 4x400 is also one of the best in Tommie history.
--Sophomore sprinter Emily Van Heel has competed in three conference meets in her young career and already has a hand in nine individual/relay firsts. She's joined by sophomore Christina Rozeske and freshmen twins Erica and Angela Tipp on the sprints and relays.
--Senior Larissa Peyton and freshman Kayla Goeman (800), junior Taylor Berg (1,500) and sophomore Erin Statz (5,000) will be threats in the middle-distance and distance events.
--Senior Amy Maas is seeded in the top seven in the discus, shot put and hammer.
NOTES: The Tommies have eight performances ranked in the top 35 in Division III. The 4x400 is ranked fifth and the 4x100 is ranked eighth. Amy Maas is seeded 14th in the discus. Larissa Peyton (14th) and Kayla Goeman (35th) are ranked in the 800. Taylor Berg is ranked 19th in the 1,500. Erin Statz is ranked 26th in the 10,000. Emily Van Heel is ranked 35th in the 200... sprinter Christina Rozeske has played hockey for the Tommie women in each of the last two seasons.
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