The Gustavus Adolphus women’s track and field team finished second while the men’s team finished third as this year’s MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium on the campus of University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Host St. Thomas swept both titles for the sixth time in eight years.
The Gustavus women used eight top-three finishes in 15 events led by senior Kourtney Joyce (Wadena, Minn.), who broke her own school and meet records with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:52.8 to win the 3000 steeplechase. First-year Lisa Brown (Lake Crystal, Minn.) captured the javelin throw with a NCAA provisional qualifying attempt of 136-11, breaking the school-record of 136-3 she set earlier this season. Senior Blythe Bittman (Fairmont, Minn.) finished fourth in the javelin with a toss of 113-6.
Set up by strong qualifying performances Friday night, the Gustie women fared well in the sprints and middle-distance races. Senior Ashley Cronen (Kandiyohi, Minn.) finished second in the 800 run with a time of 2:15.45 to top the list. Carlie Hanson (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.) added a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:04.63), while Bittman finished sixth in the 200 (:26.51) and first-year McKenzie Burgess (Welcome, Minn.) finished seventh in the 400 (:60.62). Funto Okanla (So., St. Paul, Minn.) and Kelsey Becker (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) both picked up points in the 100, with Okanla placing fifth (:12.86) and Becker finishing eighth (:13.83).
In other field events Saturday, Sari Lindeman (So., Cannon Falls, Minn.) finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 36-10