BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2021-22 season is officially in the books for Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) student-athletes. Postseason competition concluded over the weekend for more than 40 MIAC student-athletes at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Tennis and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Outdoor Track & Field
The MIAC qualified 34 student-athletes for the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships ahead of Memorial Day weekend and came away with 24 All-America honorees and an individual national championship at the national meet in Geneva, Ohio. Gustavus sophomore Birgen Nelson was responsible for two of those All-America honors as well as the national title. Nelson won the national championship in the women's 100-meter hurdles with an NCAA Division III record time of 13.44 in finals. The previous meet record of 13.60 was set by Bridget Cochran of Christopher Newport in 1998. The USTFCCCA North Region's 2022 Women's Track Athlete of the Year, Nelson became the sixth outdoor national champion in the history of Gustavus women's track & field, the 54th in MIAC history, and the conference's first in the sport since 2016.
Nelson was also one of four national runner-up performers from the MIAC by finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles. Bethel's Kelsie Sealock placed second to Nelson in the 100-meter hurdles, while fellow Royals Jayson Ekiyor and Gabe Irons placed second in the nation in the 110-meter hurdles and discus, respectively.
The Gustavus women placed fifth in the nation as a team, while the Bethel men led the MIAC with an eighth-place result overall.
Four men's tennis players from the MIAC qualified for the NCAA individual championships held in Orlando last week. Carleton's Tarm Rojanasoonthon and Gustavus' Indraneel Raut competed in the singles bracket, while the Gusties' Nick Aney and Alex Budde were selected as a doubles team. Their 2022 seasons each ended in the first round on May 27.
Three women's tennis players from the MIAC qualified for the NCAA individual championships held in Orlando last week. Bethel's Grace Riermann and St. Catherine's Kelsey Dorr competed in the singles bracket, both falling in the round of 32. Riermann and teammate Sydney Rott reached the national quarterfinals of the doubles tournament, topping a tandem from RPI before losing to the doubles team from Mary Washington in the Elite 8.