March 10th, 2013

Distance relay earns All-American honors

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Distance relay earns All-American honors
(from left) Nate Dotterweich, Sean Klosterman, Jared Findlater, Robert Sandler, Jr / photo from

Bellarmine men's DMR earns All-America honors with sixth place at NCAAs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Bellarmine University's men's distance medley relay team of Nate Dotterweich, Sean Klosterman, Jared Findlater and Robert Sandlin Jr.  obilterated their own school record by eight seconds on the way to finishing sixth at the NCAA Divison II National Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday night in Birmingham's CrossPlex Complex.  By virtue of their top-eight finish, all four athletes will earn All-America honors for indoor track.

The race was easily the fastest in the history of the DMR at the NCAA Division II championship as the Bellarmine time of 9:55.80 would have ordinarily been good enough for a runner-up finish.  The Bellarmine team and coach Jim Vargo were still very happy with the results.  "We wanted to run a 9:55, and we med that goal," said Vargo.  "Everybody ran lights out."

Dotterweich led off for the Knights and turned in a 1,200-meter time of 3:05.24.  He handed the baton to Kosterman, who ran the 400 leg in 48.76 before handing off to Findlater for the 800.  Just 1:55.76 later, he passed the wand to Sandlin, who scorched the 1,600 leg in 4:06.05.

Shippensburg won the DMR with a record-setting time of 9:45.24.

Earlier in the day, Bellarmine heptathlete Ben Kolb got off to a solid start in the first four events: 60 dash, long jump, shot put and high jump.  Currently sitting in eighth position, Kolb still has the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000  to complete.  If Kolb maintains or increases his current position, he would qualify as Bellarmine's fifth All-American of the championships.

Also competing was Angela Musk in the mile.  The cross country All-American ran a time of 4:59 in her preliminary heat, which was sixth in her heat, but did not qualify her for the finals.




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