Seven Johnnies earn trip to NCAA outdoor championships

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Seven student-athletes in track and field from Saint John’s University will compete in six events at the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, Thursday, May 27-29 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The NCAA announced the selections tonight (May 20).

-Junior Kevin Arthur (Chamlin, Minn./Chamlin Park), 100 yards
-Junior Brett Haye (Brainerd, Minn.), javelin
-Junior Maguire Petersen (Hutchinson, Minnesota), decathlon and high jump
-Senior Shawn Schindler (Maple Grove, Minnesota), pole vault
– 4×100 meter relay team (Jack Young, Kevin Arthur, Brady Labine, ryan miller)

The top 20 marks/times from each individual event and the top 16 teams from each relay event qualified for the national meet.

The 2022 MIAC Outstanding Country Athlete in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Petersen won the MIAC Decathlon for the second consecutive season with a total of 6,677 points, thanks to personal bests/times in six of 10 events, all 5 and May 6. in Carlton. The 6,677 points were good for fifth in Division III this season. He joined Steve Kimble ’99 (1998-99) as the second Johnnie to win the MIAC Decathlon twice, let alone twice in a row.

Petersen also qualified for the national high jump championships for the second consecutive year with a mark of 2.05 meters, which was eighth best in Division III. The height earned him second place last weekend at the MIAC Championships.

A seven-time national participant (three indoor, four outdoor), Petersen earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2022 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in March. He starts the decathlon with the 100 meters at 10:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, May 26 (followed by the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters). The final five events begin Friday at 9:00 a.m. CT: 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters. The high jump, meanwhile, is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT on Friday.

A 2022 MIAC Outdoor Outstanding Track Athlete, Arthur earned his second straight trip to the national championships in the 100 meters with his personal best 10.43 seconds last night (May 19) in the Wisconsin-La Crosse qualifier. The time was 12th nationally. He was fifth in the first run and finished 10th overall with a time of 10.64 seconds at last year’s NCAA meet.

Last night’s feat came five days after Arthur won three conference titles on day two of the MIAC Outdoor Championships. He became the first Johnnie since 1982 (Chuck Williams ’83) to win the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the same MIAC meet, and was the second leg of the 4×100 meter relay for the Johnnies’ first place finish as SJU won the MIAC Tag Team Title. The 100-meter preliminaries are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. CT Friday. The winner of each of the three heats, plus the next best six, will advance to Saturday’s final at 12:40 p.m. CT.

Schindler qualified for his second straight NCAA outdoor championships with a season-best height of 4.86 yards, which was 17th nationally, Thursday at La Crosse. He is tied with the second Joe Charbonneau (New Richmond, Wis.) for the MIAC title at 4.56 meters last weekend. A 2021 All-American in the event (fourth place), Schindler competes at 11 a.m. CT Saturday.

Hague finished the regular season ranked ninth nationally with a distance of 61.96 meters in the javelin. The rating was the third best in the program’s history and gave The Hague the conference title. The event is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. CT Thursday.

SJU’s 4×100-meter relay team (Young, Arthur, Labine, Miller) broke the school record to win the event in 40.65 seconds – the seventh fastest time in NCAA Division III this season – and hit the relay’s fourth straight trip to the national meet last night in La Crosse. The program’s previous record, 40.78 (Nick GanonDrew Schoenbauer, Labine, Miller), was put nearly three years to date (May 16, 2019) on the same trail.

The relay earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish last year and won the national title in 2019, after narrowly missing the final in 2018. The 4×100 prelims are at 4:25 p.m. CT Thursday. The two fastest times from each of the two runs, plus the next five times, qualify for Saturday’s final at 11:15 a.m. CT.