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BISMARCK, N.D. -- Minnesota State claimed its third Northern Sun title in the past four seasons Saturday afternoon as they racked up 212 points to close the championships.

The victory for Minnesota State also marks the third time in the last four years that it has swept both the indoor and outdoor crowns.

Minnesota State’s scoring for the day started in the shot put as sophomore Chris Reed defended his title from last year with a heave of 59’ 8 ½” which would be the fifth best throw in the nation this year. Junior Grant Luer and senior Todd DeJong also scored points as they second and fifth in the shot with throws of 52’ 7 ¼” and 50’1 ¼” respectively.

Reed finished the day as a double-winner as he claimed the discus title with a toss of 167’07”, which is the 21st best throw in the nation this year.  Luer finished second with a toss of 165’10”. Both tosses reach the provisional mark.

In the triple jump, sophomore David Pearcill leaped a provisional distance of 47’10” to finish second.

In the relays, the Maverick 4x100-meter relay turned a provisional mark of :40.88 to finish second. The quartet consisted of sophomore Carmono Lane, junior Nick Nelson , freshman Anthony Gustafson and junior Jerrell Hancock. Their time is tied for the 25th fastest time in the nation this season.

The Mavericks won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:16.40. The relay team was made up of Lane, sophomore Dan Guelle, Hancock and junior Austin Eliason.

Hanock finished as a double-winner on Saturday as well as he won both the 400 and 200-meter dashes. In the 400-meter dash, Hancock turned in a time of :47.44, which established a new personal best.  The :47.44 also provisionally qualified him for the NCAA championships. In the 200-meter dash, Hancock reached the provisional mark with a time of :21.21, which marked the 16th-best time in the nation this season.

MSU had a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Joshua Mellman turned in a time of 9:43.12 in the steeplechase while freshman Devin Allbaugh turned in a time of 3:58.48 in the 1,500.

Junior Robert Gunderson finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of :15.03 while Guelle was seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of :49.09.

A trio of Mavericks scored points in the 100-meter dash as Nelson was second with a time of :10.51. Lane and Gustafson turned in seventh and eighth-place finishes with times of :10.76 and :10.78, respectively.

Senior Lucas Torres collected a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of :55.53 while Gustfason was fourth with a time of :21.86.

In the 5,000-meter run, Minnesota State earned ten points as they had three runners score points. Sophomore Garrett Eklof was fourth with a time of 15:23.83 while Albaugh was sixth with a 15:26.58 and freshman Josiah Swanson was seventh with a time of 15:30.84.