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College Track and Field: UMD's Beutz, Knebel win NSIC titles

Minnesota Duluth's Jason Beutz and John Knebel claimed individual titles at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track and field championships hosted by Northern State on Friday and Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.

Minnesota Duluth's Jason Beutz and John Knebel claimed individual titles at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor track and field championships hosted by Northern State on Friday and Saturday in Aberdeen, S.D.

Knebel won the 400-meter hurdles title with a time of 54.55 seconds, besting second-place Luke Hauert of Northern State (54.81).

Beutz won the pole vault championship by nearly a foot, outvaulting Matt Masloski of Minnesota State-Mankato 16-10 to 15-9¼. His mark not only broke UMD and NSIC records, but also qualified him for the NCAA Division II National Track and Field meet in Turlock, Calif., in two weeks. He is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Defending women's 10,000-meter champion and NSIC record-holder Morgan Place of UMD finished second in that event to Runa Falch of Augustana, who completed the distance in 37:11.55. Place clocked in at 37:21.55.

The UMD women placed fifth in the 10-team event with 63 points. Augustana won the team title with 162. Minnesota Duluth's men were seventh with 65 points, while Minnesota State-Moorhead placed first with 162.

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