MIAC student-athletes earn 24 All-America honors at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The Gustavus women's team took fifth at nationals thanks to an individual national championship and four All-America finishes.
The Gustavus women's team took fifth at nationals thanks to an individual national championship and four All-America finishes.

GENEVA, Ohio – Track and field student-athletes from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) wrapped up the 2022 season over Memorial Day weekend with the three-day NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. MIAC student-athletes took home one individual national championship and 24 All-America honors at the meet.

Gustavus sophomore Birgen 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, 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.

In the team standings, UW-Eau Claire won the men's national championship with a total of 73 points. Bethel led all MIAC men's squads in eighth place with 24 points. Saint John's placed 26th as a team with nine points, while St. Olaf tied for 56th with three points.

Loras once again claimed the women's national championship with 55 team points. Gustavus led the way for the MIAC women, finishing in fifth with 25 points. Saint Benedict tied for 29th with 10 points, while Bethel tied for 34th with nine points and Carleton tied for 52nd with four points.

MIAC student-athletes finished with a total of 24 All-America honors, automatically granted to the top-eight performances in each event. A complete list of All-Americans from the MIAC is listed below.

 2022 MIAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field All-Americans
Name Institution Class  Event Finish Previous NCAA Outdoor Honors
Jayson Ekiyor Bethel Fy. 110-Meter Hurdles 2nd (00:14.17) --
Joel Smith Bethel Jr. 400-Meter Hurdles 4th (00:52.42) 2nd (2021)
Tyler Sealock Bethel Jr. 400-Meter Hurdles 8th (00:53.15) 5th (2021)
Jacob Parent Bethel Fy. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:13.80) --
Tyler Sealock Bethel Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:13.80) --
Josh Sampson Bethel So. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:13.80) --
Joel Smith Bethel Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:13.80) --
Gabe Irons Bethel Jr. Discus 2nd (179-01.00) --
Lukas Walton Bethel Jr. Decathlon 8th (6654) --
Brett Hague Saint John's So. Javelin 4th (213-05.00) --
Maguire Petersen Saint John's So. Decathlon 5th (6932) --
Stephen Peper St. Olaf Jr. Decathlon 6th (6872) --

 2022 MIAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field All-Americans  
Name Institution Class  Event Finish Previous NCAA Outdoor Honors
Kelsie Sealock Bethel So. 100-Meter Hurdles 2nd (00:13.76) 4th (2021)
Hannah Sankey Bethel Sr. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:47.26) 5th (2018) | 4th (2019)
Sarah Stellmach Bethel Fy. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:47.26) --
Mikayla Turek Bethel So. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:47.26) --
Kelsie Sealock Bethel So. 4x400-Meter Relay 8th (03:47.26) --
Clara Mayfield Carleton So. 10,000-Meter Run 5th (35:33.26) --
Elizabeth Donnelly Gustavus So. 800-Meter Run 5th (02:08.60) --
Birgen Nelson Gustavus So. 100-Meter Hurdles 1st (00:13.44)*# 2nd (2021)
Birgen Nelson Gustavus So. 400-Meter Hurdles 2nd (00:59.22) 5th (2021)
Annika Poe Gustavus Fy. Shot Put 6th (47-01.50) --
Fiona Smith Saint Benedict So. 5000-Meter Run 4th (16:28.46) 5th (2021)
Fiona Smith Saint Benedict So. 10,000-Meter Run 4th (35:24.97) --

* - NCAA All-Time Record
# - MIAC All-Time Record

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