Augustana finishes strong at NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

DULUTH, MINN. -- The Augustana Vikings men's and women's track and field teams finished up a successful weekend in Duluth, Minn at the Northern Sun Conference (NSIC) Outdoor Championships. The men finished with a third-place finish (90 points) while the women placed second (117 points) in the team standings. The top three finishers in each event and the top two relay teams are named to the NSIC Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference team.

The NSIC crowned two Vikings on both the men's and women's side. The 2019 NSIC Outdoor Champions were Tyl Woelber in the Javelin (57.79m) and Mackenzie Kelly in the 3,000m Steeplechase (10:36.22).

A new school was set by Callie DeWitt as she flew out of the blocks for a time of 11.86 and a third-place finish in the 100m dash.

Leah Seivert kicked things off on Friday with a third-place finish in the 10,000m after coming across the finish line in 36:36.06. Finishing right behind Seivert was Nicolette Schmidt who ran a 36:52.05 for fourth place. Rounding out the 10,000m was Amanda Peterson who finished in 40:35.35 for 10th place.

In the men's 10,000m run, the Vikings placed four in the top-eight when all times became official. Jesus Urtusuastegui led the Vikings and finished in 31:02.94 that was good enough for fourth-place. Aaron Runge came across right behind Urtusuastegui in fifth place with a time of 31:07.95. and Sean Heaton finished in seventh place with a time of 31:26.61. Senior Logan Burns rounded out things for the Vikings in the 10,000m with a time of 31:27.75 that placed him eighth overall.

In the women's high jump, sophomore Mearah Miedema cleared five feet with a height of 5-05.25 (1.63m) for fourth place and five points for the Vikings. Kendra Ludeman placed ninth after also clearing five feet with a heigh of 5-03.00 (1.60m).

In the men's high jump, Tyl Woelber tied for fourth place with a jump of 6-5.50 (1.97m) and Tanner Schulte placed 10th with a jump of 6-01.50 (1.87m). Staying on the men's side, Woelber placed fifth in the long jump after a leap of 22-7.00 (6.88m).

In the women's pole vault, Lily Noble placed fifth with a height of 11-00.25 (3.36m) and finishing things up on Friday was Olivia Montez Brown in the long jump. Montez Brown would place fifth after a leap of 18-09.00 (5.71m).

On Saturday, the 4x100m relay team (Montez Brown, Alaina Klapperich, Selin Dikmen, Callie DeWitt) started the day on the right foot after taking third with a time of 46.73. In the men's 4x100m relay (Riley Crawford, Paul Meloche, Justin Kooiman, Ryan Stiles) the four combined to rune 43.25 and placed ninth.

Continuing on the track, the Vikings pulled in five of the top-seven finishers, including the champion in Kelly. Rebekah Rairdon placed fourth with a time of 10:56.49, Courtney Hottovy finished with a time of 10:58.18 and placed fifth and Claire Boersma placed sixth with a time of 11:07.16. Rounding out things was Rachel Rairdon finishing with a time of 11:16.59 for a seventh-place finish.

Staying with the 3,000m Steeplechase, the men also placed several in the top-seven after the official results came in. Nathan Schroeder led things with a third-place finish and a time of 9:13.22. Urtusuastegui ran a time of 9:14.05 and placed fourth while Heaton placed fifth with a time of 9:16.16. Skylar DeJong finished in seventh with a time of 9:27.81 to round out thing for the Vikings.

In the 1500m run, Evan Johnson runs a 5:03.81 and takes sixth place for the men, while the women placed three on the women's side of the 1500m run. Emily Tromp placed third with a time of 4:36.44, Avery Selberg placed fifth with a time of 4:38.64 and PattyJo English ran a time of 4:43.92 for seventh place.

Over in the hurdles, Montez Brown (14.18) and Dikmen (14.54) finish fifth and eighth in the women's 100m hurdles. In the men's 400m hurdles Josh Barrows brings home the silver for the Vikings with a new personal best time of 52.32. The time is also a provisional qualifier and ranks 14th nationally. Alex Woods also competed in the 400m hurdles and placed seventh with a time of 55.34.

Switching to long distance, Kelly brought home her second medal of the day with a third-place finish in the 5,000m run. She finished in 17:35.40 and earned six team points for the Vikings. Schmidt finished right before Kelly in fourth place with a time of 17:36.48, Seivert placed fifth with a time of 17:38.52 and Cait Savey finished in eighth place with a time of 18:03.87.

Sticking with the distance runners, Carly Rahn (2:15.31) and Kali Ryan (2:18.37) took sixth and seventh place in the 800m run. Freshman Matt Steiger leads the way in the men's 5,000m run as the men put 13 points on the board. Steiger brought home silver with a time of 14:45.25, Runge placed fifth with a time of 14:57.05 and Logan Burns came across the finish line in 15:01.82 for eighth place.

Over in the field events, Morgan Rothschadl placed seventh in the women's javelin with a throw of 36.00m. In the women's triple jump, Kaly Banks placed eighth with a leap of 37 feet, 8.75 inches. On the men's side of the triple jump, Woelber placed fifth with a jump of 47 feet and 0.75 inches.

Finishing up the day was the men's and women's 4x400m relay. The women's 'A' team (Dikmen, Sydney Mudgett, Kaitlyn Mulder, Brooke DeVos) placed sixth with a time of 3:53.54. The men's 4x400 team (Ryan Sully, Meloche, Woods, Barrows ) finished with a time of 3:18.56 for fourth place.

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