FAYETTE — The Peacock indoor track and field team took another huge step forward as they wrapped up the 2019 Northern Sun Conference Championships in Mankato, MN. Upper Iowa tied for ninth place in the team standings earning 24 points thanks to All-NSIC honors in four events.
The University of Mary claimed the team title with 163.5 points, while Minnesota State University placed 2nd with 115.5 points and Augustana came in 3rd with 111 points. UIU tied Northern State University in 9th place with 24 points, just five points shy of St. Cloud State University in 8th place.
After Brinn Grunder won the conference title in the weight throw on Friday, the Peacocks entered the day in 6th place with 10 points. On Saturday, Grunder placed second in the shot put with another UIU record throw of 14.37 meters, or 47-1, to earn 8 more points for the team.
Cassiddy Wilson claimed fourth place in the 600 meter run to push 5 points into the Peacock’s pile. Wilson broke her own record again with a time of 1:37.18.
The 4x400 meter relay team scored the final point for Upper Iowa with an 8th place finish. Breyanna Hill, Erica Kelly, Makenzie Soeken and Wilson teamed up to run their season-best time of 4:01.99 to earn All-NSIC honors.
Grunder earned a pair of All-NSIC awards thanks to her efforts in the weight throw and shot put and Wilson claimed two All-NSIC honors after the 600 meter and 4x400 meter outcomes.
Soeken posted a personal best in the 60 meter hurdles segment of the pentathlon on Saturday, but was unable to hit a mark in the high jump and pulled out of the pentathlon to conserve energy for the relay team.
Kortney Lightfoot ran in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash on Friday.
Last season, the Peacocks scored a total of 9 points to place 12th at the NSIC Indoor Championships. The team is in its fourth year back on campus after a 12-year hiatus.