Photos courtesy of Nathan Lodermeier, Craig Lassig and Nathan Klok.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships featured countless record-breaking and standout performances and, Thursday, the top individuals were honored with the announcement of the 2017 MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Awards.
A pair of Bethel University individuals were recognized for their performances, as Carl Klamm was voted Outstanding Track Athlete and his coach, Andrew Rock, was named the Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach-of-the-Year. St. Thomas' Conor White was named Outstanding Field Athlete for his role in the Tommies' conference title, and Carleton's Jerry Cook-Gallardo was honored with the Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet award for his showing in the 1,000-meter run. The conference also recognized the All-Conference and All-Sportsmanship Teams.
Klamm received Outstanding Track honors thanks to a performance that included a trio of MIAC titles at the 2017 meet. His top effort came in the 600-meter run, where he captured a second-straight conference championship in the event while setting a new meet record with a time of 1:20.19. Klamm also ran to victory in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 49.54 seconds, and he anchored Bethel's first-place relay effort in the 4x400, which won with a time of 3:21.01. Klamm's efforts help Bethel finish in the top three as a team at the MIAC Indoor meet.
White turned in a pair of tremendous field event performances to earn his MIAC honor, while also helping his team win its 33rd-straight MIAC Indoor championship in the 33-year history of the event. White won the long jump with a winning effort of 23-3.5 feet, or 7.10 meters, and he also added another conference title in the triple jump. His winning mark in the triple jump was 45-05.57 feet, or 13.86 meters. White's long jump distance ranks in the top 16 nationally this season.
Success in the 1,000-meter run at the MIAC Indoor Championships is nothing new for Cook-Gallardo, but his latest performance was certainly his greatest. The Knights' junior won the MIAC Indoor title in the 1,000 for the third-straight season, and he'll have a chance to earn a career sweep in 2018. This year's win was extra-special, as Cook-Gallardo won with a time of 2:26.02, which is a new MIAC Championships record. He held off MIAC Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Year Joe Coffey of St. Olaf, who also bettered the meet record (2:26.22) by less than a quarter-second to win in both record-breaking and dramatic fashion. His victory was voted the best performance in and individual event at the 2017 meet.
This is Rock's first men's track coaching honor and second MIAC Coach-of-the-Year award overall, as he was named the Women's Coach-of-the-Year for the 2015 Indoor season. Rock coached the Royals to a third-place finish and an impressive score of 100 points, even, at the 2017 MIAC Championships. He coached Klamm to Outstanding Track Athlete honors, and guided his team to three individual MIAC titles and a pair of conference relay titles. Rock's men's team racked up a total of seven All-Conference honors in all at the 2017 meet.
In addition to the top individual award-winners, the MIAC also recognized the 2017 Men's Indoor Track and Field All-MIAC Sportsmanship team. Also listed below are the 2017 MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field All-Conference individuals and relay teams. The top three finishers in each individual event and each first-place relay team received All-MIAC honors. Individuals that finished 4-6 and relay teams that finished 2-6 received All-Conference Honorable Mention honors and can be found in the final results.
Fans can re-live all the action of the 2017 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships online. The event home page has complete results, recaps and photo galleries from an exciting weekend.
2017 MIAC MEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
2017 Individual Awards
Outstanding Track Athlete
Outstanding Field Athlete
2017 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
2017 All-Conference Team
Distance Medley Relay