Miller Claims NSIC Heptathlon Title, Niemann Third in the Decathlon

Posted at: 04/29/2013 8:35 PM
Updated at: 04/29/2013 8:39 PM
By: Bob Nygaard

nullAberdeen, S.D. (UMDBulldogs) - Whether it's indoors or outdoors, the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's multi-events meets have belonged to Chanel Miller.

Today, the University of Minnesota Duluth standout captured the NSIC outdoor heptathlon title in Aberdeen, S.D. , and did so with some record-breaking numbers -- 4,866 points. That was 109 points better than the previous UMD record, which she set at the same meet one year earlier.

Miller, the reigning NSIC indoor pentathlon titleholder, placed first among 13 competitors in two of the seven events (the 800-meter run and 100-meter hurdles) and was second in both the shot put and javelin.

Fellow sophomore Amelia Maher finished seventh in her first collegiate heptathlon with 4,138 points and won the high jump competition.

In his final NSIC decathlon meet appearance, University of Minnesota Duluth Ben Niemann turned in his best finish ever, placing third overall at the two-day event, which also wrapped up Monday afternoon in Aberdeen, S.D. Niemann totaled 6,305 points -- the second highest figure in Bulldog history and an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark -- with his top individual finishes coming in the long jump (second place). He also took third in the 100-meter dash, the pole vault and the 400-meter dash.

Niemann's teammate, sophomore Brooks Zamzow, finished ninth with 5,383 points.