Area College Update - Labine, Foster, Johnson, Busker earn season awards
St. John’s sophomore Brady Labine (Detroit Lakes) won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) title in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.04 seconds, the Johnnies' fourth consecutive win in the event.
The Johnnies' 4x100-meter relay team (Labine, Schoenbauer, Jack Young, Miller) also won the conference title, SJU's second consecutive in the event, in 41.76 seconds.
The team is headed to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships May 23-25 in Geneva, Ohio. The team broke its own school record with a time of 40.78 seconds, the second-fastest in Division III, May 16 in La Crosse, Wis. The foursome tied its week-old school record at last year's NCAA Championships with a time of 41.32 seconds to finish 12th out of 16 teams.
The top 20 marks/times in each individual event, and the top 16 teams in each relay event, advanced to the national meet.
Labine also earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Central Region honors in both events.
All-American Foster headed to region qualifier
Decorated seniors Molli Detloff and Kyley Foster (Detroit Lakes) earned official invitations to the NCAA Track & Field West Region Preliminary Qualifier. The berth will be Detloff's fourth appearance at the regional while Foster is making her third appearance.
The meet will be held May 23-25 at Hornet Stadium on the campus of former Big Sky foe Sacramento State, the site of the 2017 Big Sky Championship where Detloff won the discus championship, as well as meet MVP honors.
Foster is coming off a second place finish in the pole vault at The Summit League Championship is No. 22 in the country in the event. The Detroit Lakes, Minn., native competed in a jump-off with South Dakota's Kimberly Peterson but fell short against the fellow qualifier. Foster is the only woman in program history to clear 14-feet in the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Both Detloff and Foster earned Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship in Birmingham, Ala., as the first Fighting Hawks to qualify for the championship at the Division I level.
Johnson headed to D-III Nationals
Bethel senior captain AddieKay Johnson (Detroit Lakes) and teammates Hannah Sankey, Delia Labatt and Corin McKinstrey closed out the MIAC championships with a first place finish in the 4x400m relay. Their MIAC all-conference winning time of 3:54.47 defeated the field by 3.18 seconds.
Johnson’s relay team will conclude the season at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on May 23-35.
Busker MIAC All-Conference for fourth time
St. Catherine University senior Sydney Busker (Detroit Lakes) earned MIAC All-Conference honors for an unprecedented fourth time. Busker led the team this season shooting six collegiate lows. She broke her own 36-hole record in the fall, plus brought home two tournament wins. With a season average of 80, Busker led St. Kate's with three top-3 finishes.
The team MVP award was given to senior Busker. Head coach Mary Giorgi described Busker as a leader on and off the course.
"We can count on Busker to put a good score on the board at every tournament and her performance is critical for our success as a group. This player deserves recognition for her ability to come through for the team and consistently is one of the best performers,” she said.
Busker was also named to the All-Midwest Region Team for the second time in her career. The DL native earned the prestigious award in her debut season with the Wildcats in 2015-16.