Hamline junior Becky Culp finished third on Thursday in the discus throw at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Calremont, Calif., with a throw of 147.9 feet -- about two feet beyond her previous best. Also, Devin Monson finished third in the men's 10,000-meter run, finishing behind the winner, Tim Nelson of Wisconsin-Stout.
Culp and Monson's efforts marked the best finish by Hamline participants at the NCAA D-III championships since 2003.
Senior Jack Deichert qualified for Saturday's 1,500-meter final on Saturday by winning his heat in a time of 3:52.02, the best time recorded. Deichert, a Hopkins graduate, was in sixth place heading into the final turn but made a late surge to move past the field.
Two Winona State hammer throwers who have pushed each other all season finished in fourth and fifth place Thursday on the first day of the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo.
Michelle Potter placed fourth with a throw of 188 feet, 3 inches, third-longest in school history, and Jenny Schuler was right behind her with a throw of 187-9, fourth-best in school history. Potter also holds the school record at 198-8, and Schuler holds the record for second-best.
Christopher Heil of Minnesota State Moorhead placed fourth in the men's hammer throw, reaching 209-6.
Morgan Place of Minnesota Duluth was 12th in the women's 10,000-meter run with a time of 37 minutes, 26.31 seconds.
The competition concludes Saturday.
• Ole Sheldon's two-run homer in the seventh inning -- his second of the game -- gave the St. Paul Saints a two-run lead they would not relinquish, and they beat the host Sioux Falls Pheasants 6-4. He also hit a two-run homer in the third.
• Concordia (St. Paul) senior Bryan Lippincott was chosen as one of six national finalists for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award for the top Division II college baseball player. Lippincott is already the Central Region Player of the Year. He's a two-time Tino Martinez Award semifinalist, advancing to the finalist stage for the first time.
• St. Thomas used a strong spring season to put the finishing touches on the 2011-12 MIAC all-sports competition championship for both genders. The Tommies won four of the six spring conference championships (two men, two women), and set an MIAC record by claiming 13 total titles throughout the 2011-12 season. The Tommies are in sixth place in the Directors Cup all-sport race in Division III nationwide.
• Former Gophers defensive lineman Garrett Brown signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Brown signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and was on the practice squad before being released.