Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Collegiate Athletes of the Week

As always, we note the top small college performances, as recognized by their conferences ...

Albany native Rachel Stangler (pictured) of Augustana College and Jim Dilling of Minnesota State - Mankato were the Minnesotans named North Central Conference Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Stangler won the mile at the Ted Nelson Classic at MSU - Mankato with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 5:02.33. She broke the Augustana school-record of 5:04.99 set by Fairmont High School alum Leah DeVries in 1995.

Dilling, a senior from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, who was honored by the NCC for the fifth straight week, finished third in the high jump at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas with a jump of 7-4 1/4. Dilling defeated nine NCAA Division I athletes in the meet and is currently the #3 ranked high jumper in the USA this indoor season.

In the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Bethel distance runner Nikki Umhoefer, and Hamline distance runner Brandon Gleason were named track Athletes of the Week. Macalester jumper Susan Brown and Hamline thrower Drew Jones were honored for field event prowess.

Umhoefer ran 17:48.39 for 5000 meters at Iowa State last weekend; she leads the MIAC in the mile, 3000, and 5000. Gleason notched a strong NCAA provisional qualifying 14:35.66 5000m at the same meet.

Brown jumped to two NCAA provisional marks in Stevens Point -- high jumping 5-5 3/4 and triple jumping 37-5. Jones threw the 35-pound weight 55-8 1/2 at Iowa State last Friday and then won both throws at Carleton's Meet of Hearts on Saturday.

Update: In the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, three Minnesota athletes earned recognition: MSU-Moorhead’s Ashley Roemer for winning the NSIC pentathlon with 3,162 points, Bemidji State’s Zac Preble for setting a new NSIC heptathlon record with 4780 points, and teammate Todd Zeidler who won the 1,000 meters at the Husky Open clocking 2:37.89.

Photo courtesy of Augustana College.

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