Former Lakers were in action last weekend as the college indoor seasons wind down at the end of the year championships.
Sophomore Shay Nielsen posted a career-best shot put of 15.91m (52-02.50) for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Nielsen’s throw was good for ninth place as the No. 10 Gophers captured the conference championship Saturday. The victory was the program's fourth indoor and sixth overall Big Ten Conference Track & Field title.
This year's team trophy marks the Gophers' first Big Ten indoor title since 2009 after Minnesota won three-straight indoor titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Most recently, Minnesota tied with Michigan for the 2016 Big Ten outdoor title.
University of North Dakota junior Kyley Foster placed third in the women’s pole vault, also earning her third trip to the podium in as many years, with a mark of 13-01.00 (3.99).
UND assistant coach Joe Silvers said Foster, the school record-holder in the event, had to grind things out.
“I’m very proud of Kyley for keeping her composure and determination throughout the competition,” he said. “It was not her smoothest competition by any means. We struggled at the second and third bars. Anytime it takes three attempts early in a competition, that can rattle you. But Kyley stayed focused and worked things through. All things considered, a great day and a performance she should be proud of,” said Silvers.
The Fighting Hawks placed seventh in team rankings.
AddieKay Johnson ran anchor for the Bethel women's 4x400m relay team with teammates Hannah Sankey, Erin Alpers and Syri Williams to take second place with a time of 4:02.86 at the MIAC indoor championships.
On day one of competition, Johnson was one of three Bethel runners to place in the 400-meters. Delia Labatt claimed the 400m title running 57.75. Hannah Sankey added five points with her fourth place finish (58.61), and Johnson ran 1:00.28 for sixth place.
Bethel scored 88 points to finish as the runners-up in the team standings behind only St. Thomas (171.5) and one point in front of third place St. Olaf.Labine, Haugrud compete at MIAC Indoors
Brady Labine competed in the heptathlon for St. John’s University at the MIAC indoor championships.
The 2017 Laker grad placed sixth in pole vault (11-07.75), 14th in the 1,000m run (3:00.19), 18th in the 60m (10.26), 17th in high jump (4-11.5), 16th in long jump (17-05.5), 18th in shot put (25-03.5). Labine placed 18th overall in the heptathlon with a score of 3,570 points. The Johnnies places fifth overall with 71 points. St. Thomas swept both the men’s and women’s titles. The men scored 168 points. Carleton was second with 123.
Connor Haugrud placed 12th overall in the 800m run for Concordia in a time of 2:04.35. The Cobbers (27) placed ninth overall.