Johnson All-American for Bethel relay
AddieKay Johnson was one of nine Bethel track and field athletes to earn all-American awards at the NCAA Division III National Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Johnson ran the anchor leg of the women's 4x400m relay team.
Hannah Sankey came out of the blocks for the Royals and split 56.9 before handing off to Delia Labatt.
Labatt ran 54.7 seconds on her leg, the best in Bethel history, and handed off to Erin Alpers in third place. Erin Alpers ran the best split of her life and held onto third place by running 58.0 seconds. AddieKay Johnson stuck with the theme of best split ever by racing to a 55.6 second split.
The quartet came away with a time of 3:45.75 and a fifth place finish.
"I can't believe they just did that," said head coach Andrew Rock. "These ladies are gamers and they stepped up on the biggest stage possible. That time broke the school record by over four seconds.”
It was the second time Johnson’s relay has earned all-American status. The team did so during the indoor season earlier this year.
Fellow DL graduate Brady Labine was also in La Crosse with his Saint John's University's 4x100-meter relay team. Labine’s squad tied its week-old school record with a time of 41.32 seconds to finish 12th out of 16 teams in the prelims on Thursday, May 24.
The relay team, which consists of junior Drew Schoenbauer (New Prague, Minn.) and freshmen Nick Gannon (St. Paul, Minn./Hill-Murray), Brady Labine (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) and Ryan Miller (Maple Grove, Minn./Totino-Grace), finished seventh in the event's second heat. The top two times in the two heats, plus the next best five overall, advanced to Saturday's final.
Foster, Nielsen compete at D-I West prelims
Both Kyley Foster and Shay Nielsen were in action at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary in Sacramento, California.
In the women’s pole vault, Foster, a junior from Detroit Lakes, came up just short in her bid to advance to her first national championship. This year’s Big Sky Conference champion, Foster cracked the region’s top 20 with a leap of 12-10.75 (3.93m).
"Kyley competed well today," said UND Assistant Coach Joe Silvers, who coaches the jumpers. "She started the meet strong and did the things she needed to stay in contention and give herself the best opportunity to advance. Unfortunately, at 13-04, things just didn't go her way. I am proud of what Kyley did today and the things she has accomplished this season."
Nielsen, a redshirt sophomore for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, placed 39th in shot put with a throw of 14.79m (48-06.25).