St. Scholastica sets five marks; Yellowjackets aim for nationalsCOLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD: St. Scholastica sets five marks; Yellowjackets aim for nationals
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
St. Scholastica set five program records this week at a pair of last-chance meets and positioned two more athletes to be in contention of being selected for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.
Kevin Wagner accumulated a team-record 6,332 points to finish fourth at the Gregory Multi’s in Minneapolis and move up to 10th nationally in the decathlon. He is the top-ranked freshman in Division III.
On Thursday in La Crosse, Wis., Nicole Christianson broke her own record in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches, to tie for 12th in country; Becky Huberty broke her own mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 184-2 to win the event and move her to third in the nation; Danielle Dickson went 17-7½ in the long jump to set another school record; and Charlie Habermann of Proctor was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9 minutes, 35.14 seconds to break his own school mark.
On the men’s side, senior Nils Hansen took first in the discus on Thursday in La Crosse with a personal-record mark of 49.54 meters, moving him up to 16th in the nation, with the top 20 throwers being invited to compete at nationals. Teammate Michael Merlo placed 19th in the javelin with a mark that didn’t move him up in the national rankings, meaning he will likely miss out on next week’s meet.
On the women’s side, senior Katie Capriglione of Culver and sophomore Vicki Vinokur are expected to throw together at nationals after strong performances this week. Vinokur set a personal record in the hammer throw while Capriglione set personal bests in the hammer throw and discus.
The final list of competitors for the NCAA Outdoor Championships next week in La Crosse will be posted Sunday.