Saint John's University's 4x100-meter relay won the national championship and sophomore Ryan Miller (Maple Grove, Minn./Totino-Grace) finished second in the 100-meter dash at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, May 25, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
SJU tied for 11th overall out of 80 teams in the final standings with 18 points.
SJU's 4x100-meter relay team – sophomore Nick Gannon (St. Paul, Minn./Hill-Murray), senior Drew Schoenbauer (New Prague, Minn.), sophomore Brady Labine (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) and Miller – won the national title with a time of 40.92 seconds. The Johnnies were in fifth place at the final exchange before Miller bolted to second and passed John Carroll's Hayden Snow in the final 15 meters to win the race by 0.05.
The Johnnies won the second heat in 40.94 seconds Thursday in the prelim, which was the second-fastest time behind John Carroll (40.85), and broke the school record with a time of 40.78 seconds May 16 in La Crosse, Wis. The foursome tied the school record it set a week prior of 41.32 seconds to finish 12th out of 16 teams in the prelims at last year's NCAA Championships.
The All-America honor (top eight) is SJU's first in a relay. The Johnnies' 4x400-meter relay (Mike Frericks '81, Chris Longbella '81, Tom Frericks '82, Chuck Moorse '81) finished seventh at the 1981 NCAA Outdoor Championships, but All-America honors were awarded to the top six prior to 1985.
The 4x100-meter relay is SJU's sixth national title in an event at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships:
-1983: Brian Smith '83 (5,000 meters)
-1985: Jim Gathje '86 (steeplechase)
-1986: Jim Gathje '86 (steeplechase)
-1999: Darwin Dumonceaux '99 (shot put)
-2016: Ryan Bugler '17 (steeplechase)
Senior captain AddieKay Johnson (Detroit Lakes) ran anchor for the Bethel women's 4x400m as the Royals earned a fourth place finish and All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Hannah Sankey led off for Bethel in lane one with a 57.52 split. Delia Labatt took the baton around the bend and then threw in a huge surge to launch the Royals into fourth place. Labatt split 55.98, a season best. Corin McKinstrey ran the best split of her life by a full second and split 57.37 to keep Bethel in fourth. Johnson held off the 400m national champion and split 55.94 to put the Royals in fourth place for good.
“Our women ran awesome today,” said head coach Andrew Rock. “They really pulled together as a team and everyone had their best splits of the year.”
The team qualified in the ninth and final spot with their time of 3:50.80, just 0.08 seconds ahead of the 10th place team. Johnson had the top split of the day with 56.27, and out-leaned the anchor leg from UW-La Crosse to hold the final qualifying spot.
Coming up short on her third height of the pole vault competition, senior Kyley Foster closed her University of North Dakota career on Friday evening at the NCAA West Preliminary Qualifier in Sacramento, California.
Foster finished the competition tied for 24th with a height of 13-4.75 (4.07m), her third height of the evening.
Competing in the second heat, Foster opened at a height of 12-10.25 (3.92m), putting her mark on the board on the second attempt of the flight. With the bar raised six inches (4.07m), Foster cleared the height on her first attempt.
After three attempts at 13-8.25 (4.17m), Foster was unable to clear the height, ending her college season and closing her career as a three-time NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier.
An All-American during this 2018-19 indoor season, Foster claimed conference titles in the Big Sky Conference as well as in The Summit League. The Detroit Lakes, Minn., native is the only woman UND history to clear 14-feet in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, rewriting the Fighting Hawks record book this season.