Alyssa Deutschmann, Concordia

Hastings, Minn. / Hastings
Week of: 2011-02-28

Concordia senior Alyssa Deutschmann (Hastings, Minn.) was extremely busy last weekend at the St. Olaf College Ole Open. She competed in four events and brought home a first- and second-place finish in a pair of jumping events, with her personal best distance in both. She also bested the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for the first time in her career and moved up on the MIAC performance lists heading into this weekend’s MIAC meet. For her efforts, Deutschmann has been named the MIAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

Deutschmann won the high jump, finished second in the triple jump, and also competed in the long jump and the 55-meter dash. Deutschmann’s winning mark in the high jump was 1.66 meters, or 5-5 ¼, which exactly met the MIAC’s provisional qualifying standard. That jump ranks No. 1 in the MIAC this season, and No. 2 all-time at Concordia. She added a personal best of 10.70 meters in the triple jump, which was good for second place. She currently ranks No. 7 in the MIAC and No. 9 on the Cobber’s all-time list.

The Cobbers and Deutschmann hope the best is yet to come this week at the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The event will be hosted by the University of St. Thomas at its new Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center in St. Paul March 3, 4 and 5. Log on to the MIAC Web site for complete details and results.

Robyn Wernberg, Hamline

Nisswa, Minn. / Brainerd
Week of: 2011-02-21

It’s been a great indoor season thus far for the Hamline women’s track and field team, and that trend continued over the weekend at the University of Minnesota Parent’s Day Open. Senior Robyn Wernberg (Nisswa, Minn./Brainerd) was the latest Piper thrower to turn in a great performance, and hers came against the top-flight field at the U of M. Wernberg finished third in the weight throw, setting a new personal best and jumping to No. 2 in the MIAC this season in the process. As a result, Wernberg has been named the MIAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.


At the U of M meet, Wernberg recorded a distance of 15.82 in the weight throw, or 51-11.00. That distance is the best of her career by almost a full meter over her previous record, which she set last year as a junior. Despite competing against a field loaded with Division I, II and III competition, Wernberg was able to earn a spot in the top three. Her distance meets the NCAA Division provisional qualifying standard for nationals, and it currently ranks 29th in Division III in 2011.

Wernberg and the Pipers will travel to one of their final indoor meets of the regular season Saturday when they head across town to the University of Minnesota Parents Day Open. Hamline will also compete in Macalester’s Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, Feb. 25, as its final tune-up before the MIAC Indoor Championships. The MIAC indoor meet will be held March 3-5 at St. Thomas’ Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center.


Brenna Coyle, Hamline

Chisago City, Minn. / Chisago Lakes
Week of: 2011-02-14

Hamline has had plenty of big performances from its throwers throughout the 2011 Indoor Track and Field season, but Saturday junior Brenna Coyle (Chisago City, Minn./Chisago Lakes) may have topped them all with her outstanding showing in the weight throw at the St. Thomas Showcase Classic. Coyle finished first in the event despite competing against numerous Division I and II athletes, including the University of Minnesota. Her throw marked a new personal and MIAC best in 2011 and it moved her up to 13th in all of NCAA Division III. For her performance, Coyle has been named the MIAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week for the second time this season.

Coyle’s weight throw traveled a distance of 16.84 meters, or 55-03, to put her in first place against prestigious competition. The throw beat her previous personal best by a full four feet and it leads the second-best throw in the MIAC in 2011 by two feet. Her throw also met the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying mark for the national championships. Coyle leads a trio of Piper throwers that are atop the MIAC performance list in the weight throw in 2011.

Hamline will have two more meets on its schedule before the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at St. Thomas on March 4-5. The Pipers will compete Saturday at the University of Minnesota, and next weekend they’ll spend Friday at the Macalester Pre-Conference Meet to make their final preparations for the MIAC Championships.

Danielle Busch, Saint Benedict

New Prague, Minn. / New Prague
Week of: 2011-02-07

The College of Saint Benedict turned in a great performance Friday night at the Carleton TRI in Northfield, Minn. The Blazers finished first as a team with 121 points, beating Carleton (55) and St. Olaf (four) behind a number of outstanding individual performances. Leading the way was sophomore Danielle Busch (New Prague, Minn.), who won the pole vault while simultaneously setting a new CSB school record and hitting the NCAA provisional height to qualify for nationals. As a result of her great performance, Busch has been named the MIAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.

Busch cleared the bar at 12-0, or 3.66 meters, to win the pole vault and contribute to her team’s overall victory. Her height met the NCAA Division III provisional mark, which is 3.55 meters or 11-7.75. Her vault will also now stand in the Blazers’ record book as the new standard of excellence. Busch’s winning vault helped her beat the runner up by nearly 18 inches, and the rest of the field by more than three feet. Busch’s vault is the best in the MIAC this season by more than a foot.

The Blazers and Busch will be back in action this weekend on its home surface for a MIAC dual meet against rival St. Catherine. That meet will begin Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Collegeville, Minn. Saint Benedict will also team up with Saint John’s to host a quad meet in Collegeville a week later at 11 a.m.


Janey Helland, Gustavus

Mapleton, Minn. / Maple River
Week of: 2011-01-31

Gustavus senior Janey Helland (Mapleton, Minn./Maple River) showcased her talent and versatility last weekend against a talented field at the Minnesota State University-Mankato indoor track and field meet. Helland automatically qualified for the NCAA championships in two events Friday as she impressed the crowd in Mankato and represented the MIAC and Division III and some athletes from bigger divisions. For her accomplishments, Helland has been named the MIAC Women’s Field Athlete-of-the-Week.  

Helland cleared a distance of 5.72 meters (18’ 9 3/4“) to beat the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying standard. She also turned in a great performance in the pentathlon. Helland finished with a total score of 3503 points to obliterate the NCAA qualifying standard of 3,400 by 103 points. The senior has been among the MIACs and nations best in 2011, and now she’ll get her chance to perform with Division IIIs best thanks to her pair of automatic qualifying performances.

Hopefully Helland will feel right at home in Mankato again this weekend as that’s where Gustavus will travel for another meet. The Gusties and their field-event star will participate in the Ted Nelson Classic on Friday, which will also be held on the MSU-Mankato campus.

Brenna Coyle, Hamline

Lindstrom, Minn. / Chisago Lakes
Week of: 2011-01-24

The Hamline women’s indoor track and field team had a number of solid performances Friday night in its meet at Carleton College. However, none were better than the throw turned in by junior Brenna Coyle (Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes). Coyle not only won the weight throw, but she also was the only Piper to hit an NCAA provisional qualifying standard at the meet. For her performance, Coyle has been named the first MIAC Women’s Field Athlete-of-the-Week for the 2011 season.

Coyle’s winning distance in the weight throw Friday was 52-11 feet, or 16.13 meters. She won first place honors by more than four feet over the second-place finisher, and by 15 feet or more over five of eight competitors in the event. Hamline won the meet with 86 points, with the host school finishing second at 61 and St. Olaf was a close third with its total of 60.

Coyle and the Pipers will enjoy a week off to rest and recuperate before returning to competition early next month. The next date circled on Hamline’s calendar is Feb. 5 – that’s when it travels to Superior, Wis., for a meet at UW-Superior.