Janie Mielander-Dowling-St. Benedict
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A Healthy Meilander Helps Bennies at the Hamster Invite

Janie Meilander-Dowling-St. Benedict ©Bennies Athletics 2020

Janie Meilander-Dowling-St. Benedict
©Bennies Athletics 2020

The College of Saint Benedict track and field team came away with 11 top-five finishes – including one win – Friday night during the seven-hour Hamster Invite in St. Paul. The meet – hosted by Macalester – lasted until nearly midnight, but the Bennies pushed through.

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The women’s pole vault and the women’s 4×400-meter relay were two of the last events to wrap up, and CSB pushed through the late hour and finished well in both. Senior Lee Stelten won the pole vault competition with a season-best mark of 3.35 meters, and the 4×400-meter relay team came in second. Laura Mitch, Hailey Johnson, Casey Krasowski and Kelly Klingelhutz teamed up to finish runner-up in the relay.

The runner-up relay finish was the second runner-up finish for Klingelhutz Friday. The junior also took second in the 600-meter run in 1:42.03. Jane Meilander took fourth in 1:45.43 and Krasowski finished fifth in 1:45.97. Johnson also had an individual top-five finish as she took fourth in the 400-meter dash in 62.97 seconds.

Sophomore Taylor Santangelo took second in the 1,000-meter run in 3:13.42, and sophomore Maggie Beckmannrecorded a new personal-best in the weight throw, taking fourth with a mark of 12.72 meters. That is more than a 60-centimeter personal best. Senior Sarah Gigstad took fifth with a mark of 12.39 meters.

Madison Brown took fourth in the 60-meter dash in 8.31 seconds, and Aidan McLoone took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 4.67 meters, and just missed a second top-five finish as she took sixth in the triple jump.

As a team, CSB finished tied for third at the 10-team meet with 94 points. Hamline won, Bethel took second with 125 points and Saint Benedict and Carleton tied for third. CSB is back in action and back at home Saturday, Feb. 15, when it hosts the CSB/SJU Invite at 11 a.m. in the Warner Palaestra on the SJU campus.