Courtesy of MTU Athletics
DE PERE, Wis. – The Michigan Tech track and field teams won 11 events at
the St. Norbert Twilight Thursday (April 5).
“We had some good performances for the first outdoor meet of the year,”
said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “We are looking forward to building on
these performances as we move forward.”
Nathan Saliga won the 400-meter hurdles in a school record time of 54.78 in
his first career attempt at the race. The Huskies swept the first five
spots in the race. Ben Kalis was second, Wes Jacobson third, Michael
Leveille fourth and Brent Cousino was fifth.
Quinn Parnell won both the 100 (10.74) and the 200 (22.20) and was a member
of the winning 4×100 team. His time in the 100 tied for 10th best in school
history and the 4×100 team’s performance was the ninth best. Other members
of the relay team included Tylor Rathsack, Nate Hood and Sam McKay.
Molly Wiltzius started the season in style winning all three of the
throwing events. She threw a personal-best of 39-4 in the shot put, the
third best mark in school history. The Kingsford, Wis., native won the
discus (129-4) with the fifth best throw in school history and the hammer
(141-6) with the fourth best throw in school history.
Natalie Berryman threw a personal-best of 38-1.25 to finish second in the
women’s shot. Her throw ranks eighth all-time at Michigan Tech. The
Houghton, Mich., native finished second in the discus (115-9).
Parrisha Louis finished second in the hammer (120-10).
The Huskies dominated the men’s 3,000-meter run taking the first nine of 13
spots. Brandon Kampstra won the race in 9:01.58, the fifth fast time ever
by a Husky. Evan Kryzyske, Jon Kilpela, Karl Koivisto and Calvin Nitz’s
times were all in the top-10 in school history.
Tech had two other wins on the day. Nate Hood won the triple jump with the
fourth best leap in school history (45-4.25). Dylan Anderson won the
800-meter run in 1:56.57, and Jarred Berrymen won the shot put (41-10.5).
Other notable men’s performances included Brendan Banker second in the high
jump (6-0), Tylor Rathsack second in the 400 (52.02), Matt Savage second in
the shot put (40-11), Ethan Miltenburger third in the discus (125-0), Ben
Kalis third in the 110-hurdles (15.95), Nate Hood third in the long jump
(21-9) and Steven Saliga third in the javelin (128-7).
Notable women’s performances included: Danielle Brzezinski second in the
400 (62.46), Erika Poli second in the pole vault (9-0.25) and Anastasia
Fokina third in the 1,500-meter run (4:55.64)
The meet was the first held at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium
with all event winners establishing stadium records.
The host Green Knights defeated the men’s team 115-56. The women’s team was
defeated by both St. Norbert and Northern Michigan in dual meet
The teams will compete Saturday (April 7) at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational.
Posted by Jerry Taylor