Strong performances in the pole vault and shot put helped the Gustavus women’s track and field team move from fourth place after the first day to a second place finish at the MIAC Indoor Championships which were held at Saint John’s University. Senior Shanna Dawson won the pole vault to highlight an impressive second day for the Gusties.
Depth in the field events turned out to be the key for the Gusties as they claimed three of the top five spots in both the pole vault and the shot put. Shanna Dawson led the way in the pole vault as she finished first and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships at a height of 11-11 3/4. Finishing right behind Dawson were Meredith Halling who placed third (10-4) and Kelly Nelson who placed fifth (9-10). In the shot put, Lisa Brown led the way as she finished third with a distance of 41-3 3/4. Brown was followed by Sam Broderius who finished fourth (40-4 1/4) and Kaelene Lundstrum who placed fifth (39-7 1/4).
Other top performances on the day included Sari Lindeman finishing fourth in the triple jump (36-4 3/4), Megan Lundgren placing fifth in the fifth in the 600 meters (1:39.05), and the 4×400 meter relay team, which consisted of Chelsea Craven, Megan Lundgren, Laura Secor, and Kaelene Lundsttrum, placing fifth (4:05.80).