Track & Field Teams Both Take Eighth At MIAC Indoor Championships Posted on March 5th, 2016 by

Photos courtesy of Nathan Lodermeier.


NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s and women’s track & field teams put a wrap on the indoor season Saturday at the MIAC Championships. Both team placed eighth as the men scored 48 points and the women 48.5 points. St. Thomas won the conference title for both the men and women.

Sarah Swanson (Sr., Fairbanks, Alaska) became a dual champion after winning the weight throw yesterday and then winning the shot put today with a toss of 43-10.5, earning All-Conference honors. Hayley Solheim (Sr., Crookston, Minn.) and Kara Helgeson (Sr., Ortonville, Minn.) also reached the podium in the shot put with fourth and eighth place finishes, respectively. Solheim tallied a season-high throw of 40-11.75, while Helgeson registered a 38-7.

Marit Sonnesyn (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.) set a school record in the 3000-meter, taking third place with a personal best time of 10:09.76. Her All-MIAC time crushed the previous record of 10:20.79, set by Caitlin Fermoyle last year.

Lydia Hayes (So., Decorah, Iowa) took fourth in the 800-meter with a season-high time of 2:19.43. Hayes also reached the podium in the 1000-meter, clocking in at 3:03.04.

Mallory Butchko (Fy., Elko, Minn.) tied for seventh in the pole vault, clearing a height of 9-10.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Kaitlin Bembenek (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.), Abigail Schnabel (Fy., Hamburg, Minn.), Mikaela Algren (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.), and Hayes took eighth in 4:10.61.

Thomas Knobbe (Jr., Decorah, Iowa) and Paul Nordquist (Sr., Edina, Minn.) highlighted the men’s team in the 3000-meter. Knobbe took fifth with a season-best 8:37.80, while Nordquist took seventh with a season-high 8:42.69.

Two men’s relay teams also reached the podium. Sean O’Connell (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.), Josh Curtis (Fy., Houston, Texas), Sam ReMine (Jr., Mantorville, Minn.), and Ed ReMine (Jr., Mantorville, Minn.) took fifth in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:32.80, while the 4×400-meter relay team of ReMine, ReMine, Curtis, and Alex Fredrickson (Jr., Victoria, Minn.) took fourth in 3:23.79.


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