COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John’s track and field hosted an invitational for the fourth consecutive weekend on Saturday, April 17, in Clemens Stadium. And for the fourth consecutive weekend, SJU took first place.
The Johnnies won seven events and collected 23 top-three performances for 229 points, ahead of St. Thomas (189) and Wisconsin-River Falls (103.5), among others.
SJU placed the top three in the 100-meter dash, led by senior Ryan Miller’s (Maple Grove, Minn./Totino-Grace) season-best time of 10.67 seconds. The time is good for fourth in NCAA Division III this season. Sophomore Kevin Arthur (Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park) and junior Jack Young (Cold Spring, Minn./Rocori) followed in second (11.01) and third (11.11), respectively.
The trio, with senior Brady Labine (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), also won the 4×100-meter relay in 42.48 seconds.
The Johnnies also tallied the top three places in the pole vault. Junior Shawn Schindler (Maple Grove, Minn.) and sophomore Joe Stauffer (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti) tied for first with a height of 4.31 meters, and freshman Joe Charbonneau (New Richmond, Wis.) was third (4.16 meters).
Sophomore Tom Nemanich (Red Wing, Minn.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:07.36) and junior Nathan Meyer (Iowa City, Iowa/Regina) was second (10:09.68), while senior Ryan Murphy (Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View) took first in the discus 43.64 meters, two inches ahead of sophomore Gavin Rupp (Villard, Minn./Minnewaska Area) in second (43.59 meters).
Sophomore Jared Stanke (Anoka, Minn./Elk River) claimed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.23) and third in the 400-meter event (58.78), and juniors Dillon Diekmann (Lake Elmo, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) and Andy Goldsmith (Tulsa, Okla./Cascia Hall) were second (15:40.55) and third (15:43.52) in the 5,000 meters.
Junior Michael Wallace (Nassau, Bahamas/St. Anne’s) finished second in both the long jump (6.48 meters) and triple jump (13.57 meters), while junior Sam Rademacher (Marshall, Minn.) took second-place honors in the high jump (1.90 meters).
The Johnnies travel west to compete at the Northern State (S.D.) Open at noon next Saturday, April 24.
Sophomore Maguire Petersen (Hutchinson, Minn.) is currently in first place out of 16 competitors in the decathlon with 3,415 points. He won the high jump (2.00 meters) and shot put (12.31 meters), took second in the long jump (6.43 meters) and third in the 100-meter dash (11.66).
Freshman Logan Hennen (Prior Lake, Minn.) is 10th (2,786 points), thanks to his sixth-place finish in the long jump (6.04 meters).
The decathlon wraps up at noon on Sunday, April 18 (schedule below).
12:00 p.m.: 110-Meter Hurdles
~2:15: Pole Vault
~6:30: 1,500 Meters