BY RYAN MOORE, MANAGING EDITOR
The Augsburg track and field teams qualified two runners to the NCAA D- III Indoor National meet on March 10 and 11. The two men to qualify were senior Undre Smith-Brewer and sophomore Emmanuel Egbujor; both qualified for the 60-meter dash.
The tandem finished their conference season by dominating the MIAC conference meet by placing first and second in the 60 meter. Smith-Brewer ran 6.82 seconds and followed Egbujor with 6.95 seconds in finals. This made Smith- Brewer the four-time MIAC champion in the event. Going into the national meet both had run top ten times in the 60 meter. After prelims, Smith-Brewer went into finals seeded fifth after running a 6.85.
Unfortunately, Egbujor would not replicate his third-place finish from the 2016 national meet. A hamstring injury contributed to Egbujor missing finals by four sports. He ran 6.98 in his preliminary heat. Smith-Brewer could not muster the same effort in finals where he ran a 6.92. However, the performance landed him in sixth place and earned him the All-American title.
Smith-Brewer and Egbujor look to continue their MIAC dominance and make a splash nationally during this outdoor season. Both men’s and women’s teams compete this Saturday at Hamline University.
This article first appeared in the Friday, March 31, 2017, Edition of The Echo.