Marauders team photo after a rewarding third place finish

St. PAUL, MN – Hard work, determination and senior leadership behind some of the nation’s top coaching has helped propel the Marauders men’s track and field team back from the depths of despair and defeatism to heights of resurrection and respect as they continue to improve and make good on their goal of a top three finish at the NSIC Outdoor Championships.

Behind wins in a pair of throwing events by senior Andrew Dubiel and freshman Sven Dunkel, the University of Mary rallied on championship Saturday to take third at the Northern Sun men’s outdoor track & field championships. Sitting ninth with 11 points after the opening day, the Marauders 63 points on the final day to place third overall with 74 points. Minnesota State won its sixth straight title with 247 points and Sioux Falls claimed second with 122. Mary edged ahead of Augustana (69), Southwest Minnesota State (66) and MSU Moorhead (63) in the 11-team competition.

Andy Dubiel wins the discus competition

The third-place finish is a jump of three places from one year prior. It is also Mary’s second-best effort outdoors in the NSIC after claiming runner-up honors in 2008.

Both the favorites in their respective events, Dubiel and Dunkel lived up to their rankings.

After a disappointing first attempt in the discus of 40.05 meters, Dubiel uncorked a throw of 49.46 meters in his second try. While that effort alone would have given the Colorado Springs, CO, native his first conference title, he had an even better effort remaining. In his fifth attempt following a pair of scratches, Dubiel posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 49.95 meters.

Dunkel led a tremendous team effort by the Marauders in the javelin as UMary claimed four of the top eight slots.

Drew Pike watches as Isaac Walth and Sven Dunkel chest bump after Dunkel’s winning throw

A freshman from Germany, Dunkel needed all six of his throws to claim the win. Leading every step of the way, he uncorked his best throw on his final effort. With a toss of 55.72 meters, he earned his victory by nearly six feet. However, he would have fallen just short with his second-best effort.

Earlier Dunkel placed fourth in the decathlon, held a week prior.

Fellow freshman Andrew Pike picked up fourth place in the javelin with an effort of 52.42 meters, missing third place and all-conference honors by .02 meters. Junior Isaac Walth grabbed sixth place at 50.11 meters and a third freshman, Talon Staudinger, claimed eight at 48.17 meters.

Marceau Jovin finishes third in 110 hurdles

The Marauders also had several other impressive performances. Teegan Olson claimed All-NSIC honors after racing his way to second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.15.

Derek Myers earned all-conference recognition with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meter run, clocking in at 15:09.30.

Marceau Jovin kept the All-NSIC honors coming in the 110 meter hurdles. He cleared the barriers in 14.96 to place third by .001 seconds.

Adam Cebulla placed seventh in the 400 meter hurdles with a mark of 55.79 seconds. However, Cebulla’s biggest impact has come from his senior leadership on and off the track during his career at Mary. In an interview with a local television station prior to the conference meet, Cebulla reflected on his experience as a Marauder.  “Seeing ourselves at the bottom, understanding that we have the potential to be a great program. And we have coaches that are phenomenal. We have the best coaches in the conference hands down.”

Adam Cebulla gives it his all for the team as they grind out a third place finish

And now, reaching the team goal at the NSIC conference championships is an accomplishment that the team can build from moving forward for many years to come. “This year we had the motto of one percent better, one percent together. We understood everyday we had to do the little things and get better together. To achieve our goals we had to work harder than any other team in our conference day in and day out. That hard work and coming together showed day two of conference. We faced some adversity day one but we understood that together we could achieve anything. It was a very proud moment as a team to realize our accomplishment and how far we have come as a men’s team. We have reestablished a championship culture and mindset for the University of Mary’s men’s track and field.”

The Marauders 4×400 meter relay of Cebulla, Connor Graves, Zack Graves and Josh Wolfekuhle ran a time of 3:19.58 to place fifth. Both Graves brothers, Colten Stoltz and Austin Lucero snared sixth in the 4×100 meter relay in 42.59 seconds.

After placing in the long jump on Friday, Tyrell Rosencranz claimed fifth in the triple jump with an effort of 14.65 meters, an NCAA provisional qualifying distance. Joining him on the podium was Beau Nutting, placing eighth in a distance of 14.54 meters.