Ashley Clemen (discus) and Shanna Dawson (pole vault) met NCAA provisional standards Friday afternoon as the Gustavus Track and Field team competed in its own Lee Krough Invitational. The Gusties claimed titles in six events with Dawson (pole vault), Kourtney Joyce (3000-meter steeplechase), Tanner Miest (110-meter hurdles) and Andy Klaers (discus) each capturing an individual title. The Gustavus men also won the 1600-meter and 3200-meter relays.
Joyce opened the running portion of the event schedule with a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Joyce posted her second fastest time of the season with a 11:05.27 clocking, while Evelyn Ross finished sixth with a time of 12:13.78.
Tanner Miest picked up the other Gustavus victory on the track with a win in the 110-meter hurdles. Miest posted a time of 14.96 seconds while teammate Tyler Geyen finished third in a time of 15.91 seconds. Geyen finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.67 seconds), while Miest also finished eighth in the 200-meter dash (22.90 seconds).
Four Gusties scored runner-up finishes, while five others posted either a third or fourth place finish. Ben Treichel finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.12 seconds, while also finishing sixth in the 200-meter dash (22.77 seconds).
The Gusties scored three top-four finishes in the 5000-meter run, with Dan Foley finishing second (16:12.66) and Andy Rishavy finishing fourth (16:23.95) in the men’s race, while Sarah Bernhardson finished fourth in the women’s race (18:58.53).
Mollie Lager finished second in the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:58.21 and Carlie Hanson finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.11, while Ashley Cronen added a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.75. Linda Kanne finished third in the 200-meter dash with a clocking of 26.90 seconds. Dan Westlund also added a fourth-place finish in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a 10:15.64 clocking.
Gustavus finished third in the women’s 4×100-meter relay with a time of 49.59 seconds, while the men finished fifth in the same event with a time of 44.41 seconds. The Gusties finished second and third in the women’s 4×800-meter relay, while the men finished first and second in the same race ahead of a team from Northwestern College. The Gustavus men also finished first and sixth in the 4×400-meter relay.
The Gusties did very well in the field events, picking up 20 top-six finishes.
Andy Klaers finished first in the discus throw (154′ 2″) and third in the hammer throw (152′ 3″), while Shanna Dawson won the pole vault (11′ 1.75″), while also finishing sixth in the triple jump (34′ 9.75″) and seventh in the long jump (16′ 8.5″). Sari Lindeman added a pair of top-three finishes with a second in the triple jump (36′ 9″) and a third in the long jump (17′ 5.25″). John Retka finished second in the men’s triple jump (42′ 11.75″) and fourth in the long jump (21′ 3.25″), while Lisa Brown picked up the final runner-up finish for the Gusties in the javelin throw (118′ 11″), over ten feet ahead of teammate Blythe Bittman, who finished fourth (108′ 7″). Brown was also one of three Gusties with a top-eight finish in the shot put, placing eighth (37′ 7.25″) behind Vicky Peterson and Heidi Gruenhagen, who finished fifth (38′ 2.25″) and sixth (38′ 0.75″), respectively.
Gustavus also placed three competitors in the top eight of the men’s shot put, led by Darin Mays, who finished third (47′ 3.5″). Joe Atkinson and Luke Weyandt finished seventh (44′ 5.5″) and eighth (43′ 11.25″), respectively. Weyandt also finished sixth in the discus throw (135″) and seventh in the javelin throw (137′ 9″).
Ashley Clemen finished third in the discus throw (136′ 6″) and fifth in the hammer throw (126′ 8″), while Drew Hood finished third in the pole vault (14′ 11″) and seventh in the long jump (20′ 5″). Clemen’s discus toss bettered the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 41.60 meters, by only one-tenth of a meter. Hood missed on three attempts at the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 15 feet, 5 inches in the pole vault.
Lindsey Hoye added a fourth place finish in the discus throw (131′ 11″) and an eighth place finish in the hammer throw (116′ 9″).
The Gustavus track and field teams will compete at St. Olaf next Saturday, April 22, before returning home to host the Drake Alternative April 29.