Bolgrien races to victory in 400 hurdles at MWC Championships

Posted on: May 12th, 2012 by Joseph Vanden Acker

DE PERE, Wis. — Anna Bolgrien won the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday to lead the performances for the Lawrence University track and field team at the Midwest Conference Championships.

Bolgrien, a freshman from Duluth, Minn., won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.60 at Schneider Stadium and narrowly missed Sarah Slivinski’s Lawrence record of 1:05.52. Bolgrien beat Monmouth College’s Haley Jones (1:06.67) by more than a second for her first conference title.

Led by Bolgrien, Lawrence finished seventh in the team standings with 30 points. The Lawrence men were sixth with 50 points.

Bolgrien also grabbed sixth place in the 100 hurdles in 16.36 seconds. Alyssa Herman also placed for the Vikings by taking eighth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:31.90.

Both of Lawrence’s relay teams took home sixth-place finishes. The 400 relay team finished in 51.93 seconds and the 1,600 relay posted a time of 4:17.08.

Sophomore Curran Carlile took home his second second-place finish of the championships by grabbing the runner-up spot in the 5,000 in 15:28.12. Carlile was second in the 10,000 on Friday. Teammate Kyle Dockery grabbed seventh in the 5,000 in 15:46.78.

Sam Stevens, who won the 1,500 on Friday, raced to third place in the 3,000 steeplechase on Saturday in 9:27.18.

Nick Kerkman broke his own school record in the hammer throw for the second time in as many weeks. Kerkman finished fourth in the hammer with a heave of 157 feet, 4 inches, shattering his record of 153-7.

Nick Craker grabbed fifth place in the discus with a throw of 134-3.

Lawrence’s 1,600 relay also picked up a seventh-place finish with a time of 3:32.65.

The sixth-place finish by the men’s team was its highest finish since the Vikings took fourth in 2005. The seventh-place finish by the women was their best since taking seventh in 2006.

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