The Minnesota Duluth women were picked fifth in the NSIC indoor track and field preseason coaches’ poll Monday, while the Bulldogs were sixth in the men’s poll.
The UMD women placed sixth last season at the indoor meet, led by junior Haleigh Reindl’s victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 11.44 seconds. She was the lone Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA Division II meet.
Senior Lindsay Maruska is labeled an athlete to watch for UMD as the triple jumper is coming off a solid junior year with a sixth-place finish at the conference meet.
The University of Mary was picked to finish atop the NSIC for a fourth consecutive season.
The UMD men finished seventh a year ago in the NSIC indoors, led by senior Christian Leonard (third in the mile run in 4:18.57 and fourth in the 800 in 1:57.65). Senior high jumper Ian O’Connor is also pegged as an athlete to watch.
Nine-time defending men’s champion Minnesota State-Mankato was picked first in the poll.