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Twenty in a row for Women's Indoor T&F

Nathan Lodermeier photo
Nathan Lodermeier photo


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Friday results

Complete results


St. Thomas Women's Track and Field added three Saturday victories -- senior Grace Bordson (high jump), freshman Megan Gehrke (shot put) and the 4x200 relay -- and rolled up an 83.5-point victory over runner-up Hamline and 10 other teams at the two-day MIAC Indoor Championships at St. Olaf.

The Tommies had five wins and scored in all 21 events -- 197 points in all. The victory came with points from 27 different athletes.

Hamline (113.5), Carleton (72.5), Bethel (71), Gustavus (59.5), St. Olaf (58), Concordia (57) and St. Ben's (51.5) took the next seven team places.

Coach Joe Sweeney's Toms made it 32 team titles out of a possible 35 for the program since the first MIAC indoor meet was contested in 1985. That includes the last 20 in a row indoors starting in 2000.

Sweeney's teams have won 83 of a possible 111 MIAC team championships in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track -- the most by any coach in Division III women's sports.

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 earned on Saturday over Augsburg, this makes 500 MIAC team championships for Tommie teams (430 regular season, 70 playoff).

St. Thomas scored 100 points over 11 events on Saturday.

The winning 4x200 team included freshman Claire Chell, Katelyn Marciniak, Matilda McFerson and Anna Smith. The runner-up 4x400 team consisted of McFerson, Chell, Smith and Mallory Adamson.

McFerson had a top-25 national time in the 200 as she ran 25.46 for second. Three other Toms placed in the 200: Chell ran 25.60 for third; Marciniak was fifth; Delaney McLoone took eighth.

A repeat MIAC champion, Bordson led a 1-4-5 finish in the high jump and had the nation's 10th-best mark with her 5-7. Sidney Severson and McFerson took 4-5.

Martha Hubbell and Sara Ness placed 2-3 in the 3,000.

In the 600, Adamson, Paige Cater and Christine Rohlf placed 3-5-7. Carly Scheuerman took seventh in the 1000.

Lena Wilson took sixth in the shot put. Taylor Quandt placed sixth in the triple jump.

Some Tommies may compete next weekend in Last Chance qualifiers ahead of the March 8-9 national meet in Boston.


Friday story

Steph Kretlow won the long jump with a top-10 Division III performance of 18-9 1-4 to lead defending champion St. Thomas Women's Track and Field to a 28-point team 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 97 points.

Hamline (69), Carleton (46), St. Ben's (43.5) and Gustavus (41.5) are all in the chase for a top-three finish.


Friday Highlights

Kendall Novak, Mariah Terhaar and Jordan Sifferle led a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault for a 24-point haul for the Tommies.

Kretlow added 10 points with her victory in the long jump and a personal-best leap of 18-9 1-4. One year earlier at MIAC indoor, Kretlow placed sixth with a best of 16-6

Freshman Olivia Moll anchored the distance medley relay to second place behind Gustavus, and was joined by Anna Kroll, Karissa Gregory and Morgan Dammann.

Freshman Megan Gehrke and soph Berit Borstad placed 3-5 in the weight throw for nine team points.

Freshman Claire Chell placed third in the 60 hurdles.

Martha Hubbell, Katie Breuckman and Molly Clarke placed 4-7-8 in the 5,000 for eight points.

The Purple also received fourth places from Carly Scheuerman in the 800 and Sara Ness in the mile. Matilda McFerson and Mallory Adamson took 4-6 in the 400.

Katelyn Marciniak, McFerson and Anna Smith placed 5-6-7 in the 60 dash.

Sifferle placed fifth in the pentathlon.

Megan Zurbay took eighth in the long jump.