The Gustavus Adolphus College men’s indoor track and field team will travel to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships March 3-5. The conference meet will take place at the Olsum Forum, which is located on the campus of Concordia College. Gustavus will hope to improve upon its fifth place finish at the conference meet in 2004. The Gusties have seven student-athletes seeded in the top ten of their respective events.
The Gusties are led by junior Jack Henkemeyer and sophomore Tanner Miest. Henkemeyer earned all-conference honors in 2004 with third place finishes in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. The sophomore is seeded in the top ten of three events. He is in a tie for the number one seed in the 55-meter dash with a converted time of 6.55, seeded fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.88, and seeded eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.02.
Miest placed second in the 55-meter hurdles to earn all-conference honors at last year’s conference meet. The sophomore is the number one seed in 55-meter hurdles heading into this weekend’s indoor championships. Miest’s time of 7.96 is the fastest in the MIAC this winter.
Sophomore Anthony Schulzetenberg is also expected to have an impact at this year’s meet. Schulzetenberg has recorded top ten conference times in three events. The sophomore is seeded fifth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.68, seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.97, and fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.67.
Gustavus will look to secure points in the throwing events with one top ten seed in the shot put and two top ten seeds in the weight throw. Sophomore Luke Weyandt is seeded seventh in the shot put with a distance of 45′ 6.5″. In the weight throw, sophomore Andy Klaers is seeded sixth with a distance of 50′ 2.75″, while senior Alex Kestly is seeded eighth with a distance of 49′ 9.75″.
Freshman Drew Hood and sophomore Tyler Ties will attempt to gather points for the Gusties in the pole vault. Hood is ranked fifth in the conference with at height of 14′ 9″, while Ties is ranked 12th with a height of 13′ 9.25″.
The conference meet begins on Thursday, March 3 with the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon. The running and field events will begin on Friday, March 4 and conclude on Saturday, March 5. The complete schedule of events can be found at the 2005 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships website.