Agnew twins, Stewart help Mary set records, capture Northern Sun title
MANKATO, Minn. -- The domination by Mary's program continued as the Marauders captured a third consecutive Northern Sun Indoor Championship and fifth in seven years. The Marauders won the first five individual track events of the day and eight of nine overall. Melissa Agnew set two NSIC records and Kathryn Stewart also won two individual titles for the Marauders.
Mary compiled 185 team points to easily outdistance runner-up Winona State with 130. The Marauders finished with nine individual champions and one winning relay squad at the championships.
During the two days, the Marauders set six Northern Sun records and four program records.
Sitting in fourth place and trailing by 24 points after the opening day, Mary blew past the opposition by winning eight of the 12 final events on Saturday and claiming second in three others.
A nine-time All-American, Agnew opened the day with a record-setting performance in the one-mile run, setting a Northern Sun mark with a provisional national qualifying time of 4:53.96. A short time later, Agnew returned to break her own conference mark in the 1,000 meter run. She cruised to a time of 2:51.43 in the event to also set a Mary record.
Stewart breezed to wins in the 400 meter run and the 200 meter dash, posting provisional qualifying times in both. She opened with a mark of 56.29 in the 400 and returned later to run the 200 in 24.56. Her time in the 200 set an NSIC record.
Janet Johnson earned a title with a Northern Sun and Mary record in the 60 meter hurdles. She blew past the field with a provisional qualifying mark of 8.58 seconds. Two other Marauders also placed in the event.
Brittney McKinley, who placed in three different events on Saturday, claimed the 60 meter dash title. She won the 60 in 7.78 seconds, a provisional qualifying time. She also was third in the 60 meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying mark of 8.75 seconds and was sixth in the triple jump.
Megan Jenkins led a quartet of Marauders to place in the 600 meter run. She posted a time of 1:35.23 to narrowly edge Minnesota State’s Rheindie Richemond’s clocking of 1:35.29 for first. Kayla Schuh snared sixth for the Marauders with a time of 1:38.81, followed by Josie Guptill (1:39.19) and Crystal Hovland (1:39.54).
Capping the individual performances was Jennifer Agnew, who won the 5,000 meter run in a time of 16:58.49. It was the second win for Jennifer Agnew, who set a conference and Mary record Friday in the 3,000 meter run.
Twin sisters Jennifer and Melissa Agnew combined for four individual conference titles, three Northern Sun records and three Mary school records.
Mary closed the day with a second-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. Hovland, Kaitlyn Wurnig, Lynch and Jenkins posted a provisional time of 3:53.85 and were edged out of first by .55 seconds.
The Marauders also finished second in the triple jump. All-American Melissa Walker sailed to a provisional qualifying distance of 39-4.00, her best effort of the year, to take runner-up honors. Walker also was third in the long jump on Friday and eighth in the 60 meter hurdles to join McKinley in placing in three events.
Alecia Nehl placed fourth in the mile at 5:04.43 and Erin Leier (5:06.41) claimed sixth.
Kayla Carlson, who ran on the Marauders winning DMR team, also earned All-NSIC honors by taking second to Melissa Agnew in the 1,000 meter run (2:57.59).
Freshman Mykala Benjamin claimed sixth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.92 seconds.