SMSU track & field ready for NSIC Championships in Mankato
MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s and men’s track and field teams will travel to Mankato today, Friday and Saturday competing at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Championships at Myers Field House on the campus of Minnesota State University.
No spectators will be allowed at the championship but live streaming will be enhanced on the NSIC Network at SMSUmustangs.com/watchnow.
This year’s men’s championship will get underway today with Session No. 1 at 3 p.m. with the heptathlon. Session No. 2 continues on Friday at 8 a.m. with the completion of the heptathlon. Session No. 3 is set to begin at 1 p.m., followed by Session No. 4 at 4:30 p.m. and Session No. 5 at 7 p.m.
The women’s championship begins on Saturday with Session No. 6 at 12 p.m. with Session No. 7 at 4 p.m. and Session No. 8 slated for 7 p.m.
There will be a reduced field size for this year’s championship, due to COVID-19, from the top 30 to the top 16 declared student-athletes for individual events, the top 12 for heptathlon and pentathlon and one relay per event per school.
All-NSIC performers consist of the top three place winners in each event and the members of the top two relay teams from the meet.
For the SMSU women’s team, senior Rebecca Manteuffel enters the meet with the third longest mark in the weight throw this season amongst NSIC competitors at an NCAA provisional toss of 19.59m. She has the sixth longest toss in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark 13.81m.
Junior Caitlyn Regan has the 13th fastest time in the 800 meters at 2:20.36, while sophomore Isatu Shirek ranks 13th in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.20.
On the men’s side, senior Connor Wigand enters the championship with the second best mark this winter in the shot put with NCAA provisional toss of 16.89m and ninth in the weight throw at 17.43m.
Freshman McKallen Smith is eighth in the high jump at 1.95, while sophomore Renald Pierre enters the meet with the ninth fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles 8.56.
Senior Isaiah Nelson is ninth in the triple jump at 13.67m., freshman Jordan Nolan ranks 10th in the shot put at 14.94m and freshman Hunter Smith is 11th in the pole vault at 3.95m.
A total of 15 schools will compete for the 2021 women’s championship, while the men’s championship field will include 12 teams. Last season, SMSU finished 12th on the women’s side, while the men’s team finished 10th.
At the 2020 championship, Manteuffel earned All-NSIC honors with a third-place finish in the weight throw, while Ashlyn Jones placed second in the high jump. For the SMSU men’s team, Wigand earned All-NSIC accolades with a second-place finish in the shot put.
SMSU Men’s Indoor Conference Champions
1982 – Steve Baune, 55-meter hurdles
1984 – Walt Larson, 55-meter hurdles
1990 – Walter Sutton, 55 meters
1990 – Walter Sutton, 300 meters
1991 – Walter Sutton, 55 meters
1992 – Wayne Hawkins, 55 meters
1992 – Wayne Hawkins, 300 meters
2015 – Will Hanson, 60-meter hurdles
2015 – Alejandro Sanchez, 800 meters
2018 – Bashir Aidrus, 5,000 meters
SMSU Men’s Indoor All-NSIC Honorees
2014 – Alejandro Sanchez, 2nd place, 800 meters
2015 – Will Hanson, 1st place, 60-meter hurdles
2015 – Alejandro Sanchez, 1st place, 800 meters
2016 – Will Hanson, 3rd place, 60-meter hurdles
2016 – Alex Weis, 3rd place, shot put
2017 – Jordan Flinn, 2nd place, weight throw
2017 – Alex Weis, 2nd place, shot put
2017 – Josh Behning, 3rd place, shot put
2017 – Austin LaFollette, 3rd place, 600 meters
2018 – Bashir Aidrus, 2nd place, 3,000 meters
2018 – Bashir Aidrus, 1st place, 5,000 meters
2020 – Connor Wigand, 2nd place, shot put
SMSU Women’s Indoor All-NSIC Honorees
2019 – Rebecca Manteuffel, 2nd place, weight throw
2020 – Rebecca Manteuffel, 3rd place, weight throw
2020 – Ashlyn Jones, 2nd place, high jump
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