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SJU, CSB track and field athletes set for Division III nationals

A number of Saint John’s University and College of Saint Benedict student-athletes are contenders to bring home All-American honors at this week’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The meet begins Thursday (May 26) and runs through Saturday (May 28) at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American distinction.

You can find the full schedule of events here.

  • Seven SJU athletes have qualified for the meet led by junior Maguire Petersen, who will compete in both the men’s decathlon and high jump. He enters the meet ranked fifth nationally in the decathlon with a score of 6,677 points and eighth in the high jump with a leap of 2.05 meters. Competition in the decathlon begins Thursday and runs through Friday. Competition in the high jump is scheduled for Friday.
  • The Johnnies’ 4×100-meter relay team of junior Kevin Arthur and seniors Jack Young, Brady Labine and Ryan Miller enter the meet ranked sixth nationally (40.65 seconds). Preliminary competition will be held Thursday with the finals scheduled for Saturday. SJU won the event in 2019 and finished fourth in 2021 (the outdoor national meet was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Arthur has also qualified in the 100-meter dash, an event in which he is ranked 11th nationally (10.43 seconds). Prelims are scheduled for Friday and the finals are set for Saturday.
  • Junior Brett Hague enters the meet ranked ninth nationally in the javelin (61.96 meters). That event is scheduled for Thursday.
  • Senior Shawn Schindler is ranked 17th nationally in the pole vault (4.86 meters), which is scheduled for Saturday.

CSB’s Smith ranked third in two events

Meanwhile, CSB sophomore Fiona Smith is ranked third nationally in both the 5,000 (16:16.54) and 10,000 (34:33.37) meter runs. The 10,000 is scheduled for Thursday and the 5,000 is set for Saturday. 

Smith could become a five-time All-American in the span of just one year. She finished fifth in the 5,000 at the national outdoor meet a year ago, then finished fifth at the Division III national cross country meet this past fall.

Earlier this season, she placed third in the three-kilometer run and fifth in the five-kilometer run at the Division III indoor meet.