Ole men edged by Tommies, finish second at MIAC's

Mike Ludwig
May 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf men's track and field team finished second at the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Manitou Track and Field.

The Oles finished with 159 points, just 13.5 behind champion St. Thomas which won its third straight outdoor title.

Saturday Highlights
St. Olaf capped the event in style with a victory in the 4x400 relay. James McFarlin, JB Tut, Kevin Skrip and Aaron Stets combined on the relay, finishing in a time of 3:16.90. Second place Augsburg came in at 3:18.07.

The win was one of four on the day for St. Olaf. Grant Wintheiser was victorious as one of four Oles in the top eight in the 5,000. Wintheiser crossed the finish line in 14:52.59, while Jake Brown was third. Phillip Meyer was seventh and Jake Campbell eighth in the event.

The Oles also took home the 4x100 relay with Cameron Smith, McFarlin, Skrip and Stets. The team finished in 41.95, holding off Hamline University.

Brown won the 3000 steeplechase in 9:09.49. Dillon Davis was third and Eric Mueller ninth for the Oles.

Earlier in the day, Campbell was runner up in the 1500 as one of four Oles in the top six. His 3:56.16 was .72 seconds off the winning pace. Stefan Lemke, Sean Bjork and Joe Coffey finished 4-5-6 for St. Olaf in the race.

McFarlin was runner up in the 400 with a 48.48, just .23 off the winning pace. Stets wasn't far behind in third, finishing in 49.15. McFarlin added a fifth place run later in the day in the 200 with his 22.473.

Anton Hesse and Tut went 6-7 in the 400 hurdles. Tut won his heat with a 55.91 and followed with a 56.439 in the final. Hesse was runner up in his heat and finished the final in 55.33.

Three Oles finished in the top eight in the 800, led by Brian Saksa (1:53.33) in third and Paul Escher (1:53.41) in fourth. Jacob Eggers was eighth (1:55.30).

Ethan Lunning was fifth in the triple jump with a 46-11 in the event final. He had two other scoring events on the day, as he was seventh in the hammer (152-8) and the Discus (144-4). Junior Aaron Shinn rounded out the field events as he added a ninth place effort in the pole vault (13-8 1/4).

Friday Highlights
First year Dan Slaughter won the javelin with a 194-5 (59.26m) throw in the final.

Smith was runner up in the long jump with a 22-8 1/2 effort. Lunning also scored a fifth place nod with his 46-11 shot put.

St. Olaf took the top two spots in the 10,000 as Meyer won the event in a time of 32:03.81, holding off second place Wintheiser by just under five seconds.

In the 4x800 relay, Tim Erickson, Jake Greeneway, Christian Folken and Skrip placed fourth with a 7:48.34.

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