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Women secure No. 19 title in row at MIAC T&F

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Tommie Women's Track and Field has locked up the program's 19th consecutive team championship Saturday at the 2018 MIAC Indoor Championships at Macalester's Leonard Center. 

St. Thomas swept the team championships for both genders in MIAC Indoor Track and Field for the 19th consecutive season.

Coach Steve Mathre's Tommie men made it 34 team titles in the 34-year history of the event as they topped runner-up Carleton, 168-123, with Bethel (98) and Hamline (81) also in the top four. The UST men scored in 17 of 20 events and had three victories, eight runners-up and three thirds.

This marks the 81st conference team championship in cross country or indoor and outdoor track for 38th-year St. Thomas coach Joe Sweeney. That includes 31 of the 34 women's indoor conference meets contested.

The Toms scored 171.5 points and topped runner-up Bethel (88) and 10 other teams.


In regular-season MIAC team championships, St. Thomas now has 424 all-time. That includes seven of the eight winter sports, and 11 of the 16 so far in 2017-18.


The UST women received points from 24 different athletes and recorded five firsts, five runners-up and four thirds, while scoring in 18 of 20 events.

On Saturday, Sweeney's women won the 4x200 relay; Kendall Novak captured the pole vault; Katie Murray won the 200; and Ali Glassbrenner took second in the 1000.

On Friday the Toms won the 5,000 with Sara Ness and the high jump with Grace Bordson, and Laura Eischens was second in Thursday's multi-event.

On Saturday, Novak (11-7 3-4), Jalia Anderson (10-11 3-4) and Jordan Sifferle (9-10) placed 1-4-8 in the pole vault for 15.5 points.

The 4x200 relay won in 1:44.36 with Murray, Katelyn Marciniak, Delaney McLoone and Bierman. The 4x400 added six points for third in 4:05.80 with Bierman, Mallory Adamson, Keely Smith and Hannah Helstad.      

Murray won (25.66) and Marciniak (26.38) took eighth in the 200.

Glassbrenner (2:59.17) and Walz (3:02.15) placed 2-4 in the 1000.

Ness (10:21.75) and Melissa Marsh (10:22.82) placed 4-5 in the 3000.

Helstad (1:37.80) and Adamson (1:40.27) placed 4-8 in the 600.

Taylor Quandt placed eighth in the triple jump (33-6 3-4).


Friday story

Led by four top-two finishes thus far, Tommie Women's Track and Field has opened up a lead near the halfway point of the two-day MIAC Indoor Championships at Macalester's Leonard Center. Coach Joe Sweeney's team is looking to extend the program's 18-year team conference title streak indoors.

With 11 of 20 events completed, St. Thomas has 100 points to led closest pursuers Carleton (51), Bethel (50.5) and Gustavus (49).

Sophomore Sara Ness won the 5,000 in 18:07 for her first career conference win and lead a 1-4-8 Tommie finish. Ness held off two competitors by less than two seconds after leading the entire 25-lap race. As a freshmen Ness placed third in the indoor mile and four in the steeplechase outdoors at conference.

Junior Grace Bordson won the high jump (5-4 1-4) to lead a 1-3-7 UST finish for 17 points in that event.

Senior Katie Murray contributed 16 points as she took second in the 60 dash (7.78) and second in the long jump (17-2).

Senior Laura Eischens (3083) and Jordan Sifferle (2768) placed 2-6 in the heptathlon for 11 points.

Seniors Brielle Bierman (9.15) and Eischens (9.29) placed 2-3 in the 60 hurdles for 14 points.

Seniors Ali Glassbrenner and Jenny Walz placed 3-4 in the mile to add 11 team points.

Other athletes to score with top-eight finishes were:

Saturday's final nine events start at 1 p.m.