The Gustavus men’s indoor track and field team competed at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships that took place March 3-5 in Moorhead, Minn. Concordia College hosted the conference meet at the Olson Forum. The Gusties compiled 59 points to place sixth out of 11 teams and had two runners earn all-conference honors.
Junior Jack Henkemeyer (Plymouth, Minn.) and sophomore Tanner Miest (New London, Minn.) earned all-conference honors for Gustavus. All-conference honors are given to athletes that finish in the top three in individual events. Henkemeyer placed second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.54 to earn his all-conference honor. The junior also recorded a time of 22.76 to place fifth in the 200-meter dash. Miest placed second in the 55-meter hurdles for the second consecutive season to earn his all-conference honor. The sophomore’s time of 7.93 was just one-hundreth of a second behind the event champion.
Other top performers were sophomores Alex Zupan (Monona, Wis.) and Andy Klaers (Delano, Minn.). Zupan had two top ten performances at the conference meet. The sophomore placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:33.12 and seventh in the mile run with a time of 4:26.27. Klaers recorded a fifth place finish in the weight throw. The sophomore threw a distance of 50′ 6″, which is his personal best this season.
Gustavus placed in the top five in two relay events. The team of Brent Magnusson (Senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.), Mark Hall (Freshman, Windom, Minn.), Paul Kienberger (Senior, Hastings, Minn.) and Alex Zupan finsihed in fifth place in the distance medley with a time of 10:46.18. Anthony Schulzetenberg (Sophomore, Greenwald, Minn.), Adam Caulfield (Sophomore, Woodbury, Minn.), Matt Wittman (Junior, Willmar, Minn.) and Jack Henkemeyer placed fourth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:25.95.
The University of St. Thomas claimed its 21st indoor conference title with 191 points. St. Olaf placed second with 113, Saint John’s placed third with 104, Hamline placed fourth with 83, Bethel placed fifth with 63, Gustavus placed sixth with 59, Concordia and Macalester tied for seventh with 43, Carleton placed ninth with 41, Saint Mary’s place tenth with 30, and Augsburg placed eleventh with 11.