A trio of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University athletes will compete at the NCAA Division III indoor national track and field meet this Friday and Saturday (March 10-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
One of them - CSB junior Fiona Smith - enters the competition as the top seed in the nation in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs.
Smith, already a seven-time All-American, owns a seed time of 16 minutes, 28.97 seconds in the 5,000 - a mark that stands as a school and MIAC record. The finals in that event are scheduled for 4:35 p.m. on Friday.
In the 3,000, she owns a seed time of 9:23.31, which is also a school and conference record. The finals in that event are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Her teammate, sophomore Justus Floren, will compete in the pentathlon, which is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate is ranked 11th in the nation in that event.
Meanwhile, Saint John’s University junior Joe Charbonneau will compete in the men’s pole vault. Competition in that event is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday. His mark of 4.91 meters is tied for 15th in the nation entering the meet.
The top 20 marks or times in the individual events, as well as the top 12 teams in each relay event, advanced to the national competition.
Full results from the meet can be found here.