SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --- The Minnesota State men’s track and field team claimed its fourth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Track and Field title in the past five seasons Saturday, racking up 166 points.
The victory for Minnesota State also marks the fourth time in the last five years that it has swept both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Chris Reed is now a three-time Northern Sun outdoor champion in the shot put with a toss of of 62-feet-3 ¼, which is the best throw in NCAA Division II this year and establishes a school record. Grant Luer also scored points in the shot with his 52-7 effort for third place.
Luer also finished first in the discus at 176-5.
Jerrell Hancock won the 200-meter dash for the second consecutive year with his time of 20.49, establishing a school record. Hancock also won the 100-meter dash in 10.32.
The 4x100 relay turned in a mark of 41.74 to finish first. The quartet consisted of Anthony Gustafson, Hancock, Carmono Lane and Nicholas Nelsen. The Mavericks won the 4x400 relay in 3:20.84 with Hancock, Dan Guelle, Lane and Gustafson.
David Pearcill took second in the triple jump at 47-6, and Khalil Jor'dan was sixth at 45-3.
In the 5,000 run, Jacob Ball claimed fifth in 16:03.90, while Joshua Mellman was fifth in the 3,000 steeple chase in 9:48.94. Justin McMurtry was seventh in the 400 hurdles (59.59), and Guelle was eighth in the 400 (51.62).
For the women, who finished eighth, Danielle Jones turned in a pair of top-five performances. Jones ran 12:09 in the 100 to finish second and then was clocked at 24.36 in finishing fifth in the 200.
Annie Dahl finished third in the 400 hurdles in 1:04.66, while Jenni Vanttinen was eighth at 1:08.83. Anna Veroven was fifth in the triple jump at 37-08 3/4. Emily Knapczyk finished sixth in the 5,000 in 18:29.85, and Sarah Bowler was seventh in the 3,000 steeple chase in 11:42.23.
The 4x400 relay team of Dahl, Alexis Dickens, Bonnie Pickford and Kate Sanft finished fifth in 3:58.4. The 4x100m relay team of Zevin Carter, Dahl, Rachel Lindquist and Jones placed eighth in 49.85.
Minnesota State will now wait to see who has earned berths into the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 23-25 at Pueblo, Colo.