Weekly MIAC round-up

Conference games are beginning for Hamline teams and the Pipers are showing strong performances in the league!


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First year Connor Prok placed sixth in the discus competition with a distance of 32.10 meters thrown. All the track athletes showed up to represent their school with pride and perseverance at their first outdoor meet of the season.

Cathryn Salis, Senior Reporter

Track and Field Easter Eve Invite (April 3)

The Piper track team put up competitive times and won many events in their invite on Easter weekend. The meet was hosted at Hamline on Klas Field and was a competition between Augsburg University, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, University of Northwestern and Hamline University.

On the men’s side, the 4×100 Hamline relay team won against Augsburg with a time of 43.60 seconds. The Hamline 4×400 relay team won their event with a time of 3:38.06 over Augsburg’s time of 3:38.33. 

Both senior Fernando Benitez and first year Jeremey Davie completed the men’s 5000 meter race in 15:11.54 and 17:33.63, respectively. Sophomore Aric Brodie beat seven other competitors in the men’s 1500 meter race with a final time of 4:13.04, almost 20 seconds ahead of the second place finisher from Augsburg. 

First year Josh Lynch won the pole vault competition, clearing 3.95 meters. First year Micheal Braun won the long jump with a distance of 6.30 meters.  

On the women’s side, first year Tisana Lowe was the only Hamline racer in the 100 meter dash to finish sub-13, earning second place with a time of 12.81. First year Lindsey Bernardy took the 400 meter run at 1:01.02, 50 seconds before the second place Northwestern competitor. Sophomores Alexandra Maddux and Lucy Hoelscher lead the 800 meter run securing first and second place, respectively. 

Junior Helen Dolan was the only runner in the 1500 meter run to finish sub-5 minutes, finishing in 4:48.11 and claiming first place. 

Only Hamline runners competed in the 5000 meter run, and sophomore Miranda Ekelberry finished in first place with a time of 20:49.33. Sophomore Emma Mader was only .02 seconds behind Ekleberry. Senior Emily Danzl also finished this intense race, with a time of 22:08.71 to earn third. 

Junior Cecelia Miller won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.34. First year Maddie Sowinski vaulted 3.05 meters to win the pole vault competition and first year Briana Gilbert jumped a height of 10.49 meters in the triple jump to claim second in the event. 

Women’s throwers had a strong meet as well. Sophomore Alexandra Kolstad won the shot put with a distance of 13.15 meters. Sophomore Jenneel Rodney competed in the discus throw, achieving 41.69 meters and taking first. Rodney also earned first place in the hammer throw with a distance of 47.33 meters. 


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First year Mac Enlow led the Pipers in his strong performance at bat. He hit two home runs, went 3-4 and drove home four runs, which was vital to Hamline’s success in their frst game against Bethel University.

Baseball at Bethel (April 6)

W 7–3, L 4–13

In the Piper’s doubleheader against Bethel on April 6 the two games could not have been more different in regards to the conditions for the Pipers. The second game had two separate weather delays, six different pitchers on the mound, and five unearned runs for Bethel in one inning alone. The first game was much more conventional. 

The defense was errorless in the first game. A 4-6-3 double play was among one of the most exciting plays the defense executed. 

First year Mac Enlow hit two home runs and drove four more runs home, hitting 3-4. Junior Cullen Buck also hit his first home run of the season, along with a single and hitting 2-4. First year Colin Schuetz also hit what would become the last home run of the game. 

Junior Will Tzavaras pitched for five innings in the first game, striking out two and only giving out two earned runs. Sophomore Braden Schneider finished the first game, pitching the last two innings. 

The tide, unfortunately, shifted in the second game, though the Pipers were the first to record runs off of two Bethel errors. However, the Royals answered quickly and after three complete innings, the score was 3–2 Bethel. 

Two Piper errors extended the third and fifth innings and in the sixth, the score of 13–4 was reached and would remain for the rest of the game. 

First year Elijah Erickson pitched the first two innings, sophomore Jonah Smallfield took the loss, and four other players also pitched relief for the Pipers in the second match. 


Women’s Volleyball vs Concordia College (April 8) 

W 3–1

The Pipers have won their last three games in a row, and are hoping to continue their winning streak as they continue their conference season. This match went to four sets with Concordia taking the second set and two impressive comeback runs, one from each team. 

The Pipers served very well, recording 10 aces. First year Julianna Boyum, who holds the MIAC lead with nine aces on the year, served six of the 10 aces in this match. Sophomore Rachel Rettmann led the team in kills, hitting .300 and earning 15 kills. Senior Megan Rubelkke recorded 51 assists and 15 digs. 

The first set saw a 9 point run for Concordia that made up their deficit and pushed the game to 25, however, the Pipers were able to lock it down. In the second, the score was close and very back-and-forth, but Concordia ended up on top.

The Pipers led the third set by five points and made the win 25–17. The fourth set, which secured the Piper’s victory, saw a seven point run for Hamline and ended the match at 25–20.  


Women’s Lacrosse vs UW-River Falls (April 8) 

L 5–17

The women’s lacrosse team took this non-conference game to honor their four seniors on the team. Maria Lewis, Ashley Hessler, Tara Westerlund and Alyssa Bryan-Jeffries were all recognized for their dedication to the sport and to the Piper community. 

The seniors also led the game for the Pipers, with Westerlund making four draw controls, Bryan-Jeffries with 12 saves in the net, Lewis being the first to score for the Pipers and Hessler leading with three assists. 

Hessler and Lewis scored the first Piper point with a little less than half of the first half’s time to go, making the score 5–1. The Pipers scored twice more in this half but the Falcons pushed hard and took the lead of 10–3 into halftime. 

The Falcons were able to carry this momentum into the second half of the contest and scored four goals in the first eight minutes. They only scored three more times after this and the Pipers fought for two more goals of their own. The game ended at 17–5 after Maya Hernandez put away the Piper’s final goal of the game.