By Jake Kutina
Women’s Track and Field finished out their indoor season at the 2020 MIAC Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 29. A couple of athletes set a few personal bests, but a pair of top-five finishes highlighted the weekend for the Bennies.
Senior Lee Stelten finished fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.25 meters, earning her an All-MIAC honorable mention selection. The 4×400-meter relay team also earned a top-five finish as they finished fourth overall with a time of 4:05.65 in the final meet of the indoor season. The relay team of junior Kelly Klingelhutz, first-year Jane Meilander, first-year Hailey Johnson, and sophomore Laura Mitch also earned honorable mention accolades.
Saturday’s fifth-place finish marked the third top-five finish of Stelten’s career. She spoke a bit about how the indoor season ended and what to expect for the outdoor season.
“My hope was to place a little higher than I did, but given the circumstances, I was happy with how it ended,” Stelten said. “Our team didn’t do as well as we have in the past years, but we had a lot of girls step up and perform, so that was good to see. It was a good experience for us as a team. We’re going to work on improving our PRs so we can finish at a higher place for the outdoor season.”
Klingelhutz is also looking to keep the momentum going into the outdoor season.
“We are really excited for the outdoor season because we’ve had a lot of athletes setting PRs lately,” Klingelhutz said. “Outdoor is a whole new ballgame, I can’t wait to see what this team can do.”
Setting personal bests was a common theme with the Bennies Saturday afternoon. Johnson finished 14th in the 200 in a personal best time of 27.18 seconds. First-year Aidan McLoone recorded a personal-best mark of 10.57 meters in the triple jump to earn a spot in the finals and eventually a ninth-place finish. Teammate Stephanie Pickthorn recorded a .2 meter PR of 10.49 meters and took 11th in the same event.
Pickthorn was also another Bennie that earned All-MIAC honorable mention by placing fifth in the pentathlon. She spoke on the end of the season and the competition in the MIAC.
“Personally, I think the MIAC [Championships] went well. We had a lot of people getting personal bests,” Pickthorn said. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of great athletes in the MIAC this year, but I believe that it’ll only make us better competing against them. We know that we can qualify more people in the outdoor season.”
The Bennies will look to start the season off strong as they begin the 2020 outdoor season with a home meet Saturday, March 28 in Collegeville.
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