BEMIDJI, MINN. (February 28, 2014) – An impressive day one showing for the USF men’s track & field team has the Cougars sitting in second place heading into the final day of competition with 47.50 points. USF trails leader Minnesota State by 15.5 points and lead third place Augustana by 12.5 points. On the women’s side, the Cougars will enter day two in seventh place with 12.5 points. Minnesota-Duluth leads the way with 55 points while Augustana sits in second place with 38 points.
The Cougar men had an impressive showing in the Pole Vault, taking five of the top seven spots in the field. Jagger Gran led the way with his NCAA provisional qualifying vault of 16-6.75 (5.05m), which earned him the title of conference champion. Teammate Scott Greenman was the next Cougar finisher as he finished third with his mark of 16-00.75 (4.90m), which is also a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Jacob Zebedee (4th), Chase Jensen (5th) and Brandon Rogers (7th) rounded out the Cougars scoring athletes.
“The Pole Vault was huge for us today,” said Director of Track & Field Reid Ehrisman. “To score 26.5 points in one event is something that is pretty amazing and was a great way to get the day started.”
In the men’s 3000m run the Cougars had two athletes score points and earned one All-Conference honor. Bobby Brockmueller led the way with his third place time of 8:36.44. He was followed by his brother, Billy Brockmueller who finished fourth overall by running an 8:38.37. Billy Brockmueller also qualified for the finals on Saturday in the 1-Mile Run (4:26.79) while Bobby Brockmueller qualified in the 1000m Run (2:35.14). Bobby Brockmueller will be joined in the 1000m Run Finals by Blaze Kilian who finished with the fourth fastest qualifying time when he ran a 2:35.14.
Jordon Bents earned his first NSIC All-Conference honors of the year in the Shot Put where his NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 53-5.5 (16.29m) gave him a third place finish.
In the women’s 400m Dash prelims, Kendra Knight came away with the fastest qualifying time when she ran 57.23.
Kaleb Lindsey-Stevens notched the fastest time in the 200m Dash heading into tomorrow’s finals as he ran a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 22.15. Lindsey-Stevens also got into the finals in the 60m Dash with his prelim time of 6.99.
Freshman Tanner Townsend ran a 50.24 on his way to a qualifying effort in the 400m Dash. Townsend enters tomorrow’s final with the second fastest qualifying time and will be joined in the final by teammate Kyle Tibke who ran a 51.01 and holds the ninth fastest qualifying time.
Katlyn Sawtelle squeaked into the finals in the 60m Hurdles with her time of 9.06.
Blake Stevenson qualified for the finals of the men’s 800m Run with his preliminary time of 1:56.74
“We did have some hiccups along the way but people bounced back from them and we are looking forward to tomorrow,” added Ehrisman. “We are projected to do very well in some of the finals tomorrow as we have several leading times heading into the final day.”
Competition will wrap up tomorrow with the field events beginning at 10 a.m. while the track events will start at 1 p.m.Paul Watley