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UMD track and field: Bulldogs' distance runners shine at NSIC track and field championships

The Minnesota Duluth women finish sixth overall while the men take eighth over the three-day event at Malosky Stadium.

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Minnesota Duluth distance runner Isabelle Brezinka, shown during a home meet in April, helped the Bulldogs 1,600-meter relay team take second on Saturday at the NSIC Track and Field Championships at Malosky Stadium in Duluth while also taking third in the 800-meter run. (Clint Austin / File/ austin@duluthnews.com)

Boosted by five runner-up finishes on the final day of the meet Saturday, Minnesota Duluth’s women’s track and field team finished sixth overall at the 2021 NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Malosky Stadium in Duluth.

It was a good day for the Bulldogs’ 1,600-meter relay team of Anna Muellner, Madison Biebel, Isabelle Brezinka and Haleigh Reindl, which finished second with a time of 3 minutes, 50.61 seconds.

Reindl, a junior, also took second in the 800-meter run in 2:09.22, with Brezinka, a senior, finishing third in 2:12.50 and senior teammate Elizabeth Kyes coming in fourth in 2:14.25.

Muellner, a freshman, posted a runner-up in the 400-meter run in 55.39 seconds and Biebel, a senior, was second in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.30.

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UMD senior Lindsay Maruska took second in the triple jump, hitting 12.13 meters (39 feet, 0.75 inches) as her Bulldogs finished with 54 total points. University of Mary won the conference title with 174.

Junior hurdler Ben Palmquist posted a pair of top-five finishes on Saturday to lead the UMD men . He finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.62 seconds and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.55 seconds.

The Bulldogs men finished eighth overall with 50 points, getting a second-place finish from sophomore Alec Wittman in the pole vault as he cleared 4.84 meters (15 feet, 10.5 inches).

Minnesota State-Mankato won the men’s conference title with 214.5 points.

UMD senior Kendall Hill out of Duluth East was named the NSIC Elite 18 Award winner for the fourth time in his Bulldog career. The league award handed out for each sport goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at the finals.

Hill is a civil engineering major with a 4.0 GPA who took ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this weekend. He also won the NSIC Elite 18 Award in 2020 at the indoor track and field championships and at both the cross country and track and field championships in 2018.

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