Brady Labine, a 2017 Detroit Lakes graduate and St. John’s freshman placed in three events to help the Johnnies’ track and field team to third place out of 11 teams at the 2018 MIAC Outdoor Championships on Saturday, May 12, at Carleton's Laird Stadium in Northfield.
The Johnnies' 4x100-meter relay (Nick Gannon, Brady Labine, Charles Haik, Ryan Miller) won the MIAC title, the program's first in the event since 1999, with a time of 42.05 seconds.
Three Johnnies claimed the MIAC's top three in the 400-meter hurdles, as junior Max Martin (Minneapolis, Minn./Wayzata) won the conference title in 53.94 seconds. Senior Mitch Peck (Alexandria, Minn.), the two-time defending MIAC champion in the event, finished second (54.51) and Labine (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) took third (54.90).
SJU's 4x400-meter relay (Mitch Peck, Ben Frederickson, David-Earl Russell, Brady Labine) finished seventh (3:24.47).
The Bethel Royals women's track and field team had a stellar second day of the MIAC Championships highlighted by two event victories - the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
"Our ladies competed so hard this weekend," says Head Coach Andrew Rock. "It's been a joy being around a group that works hard and sacrifices for each other."
The Royals placed seventh overall as a team with 57 points.
Bethel dominated in the 400m distance. Led by Indoor All-American Delia Labatt's victory (56.25), the Royals rounded up 21 points in the event. Hannah Sankey took third place by running a massive personal best of 56.84, which puts her 26th on the NCAA Division III honor roll. AddieKay Johnson (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) took fourth place with her 57.98. That same trio, along with Erin Alpers, dominated the final event of the evening - the 4x400m relay. The Bethel team won in a time of 3:52.53, 3.41 seconds ahead of second place.
The 4x100m relay team of Labatt, Syri Williams, Johnson, and Sankey utilized precision timing on their handoffs to earn eight points for their second place finish (48.70).Haugrud on record relay for Cobbers
It was the final event on a cool, damp day one of the MIAC Championship Meet that provided the most heat for Concordia. The Cobbers' 4x800-meter relay team came out of nowhere to post a school top five mark and finish third in the event.
The Cobber 4x800 relay quartet of Nick Solheim, Connor Haugrud (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), Munir Isahak and David Supinski stayed towards the lead the entire race and crossed the line in a time of 7:52.24. That time was less than three seconds off the second-place finishers and the fourth fastest time in program history.
The 4x800 finishing time is the fastest by a Cobber team since the 2005 conference meet. Their third-place finish earned CC six team points – the highest scoring event on the opening day.
Concordia had a pair of individuals with fourth-place finishes to lead the field crew at the meet. Senior Eli Beachy (Perham, Minn.) cleared 14-09 in the pole vault in the final MIAC Meet of his career.