Gustavus Adolphus College thrower Andy Klaers (Sr., Loretto, Minn./Delano) captured fifth place in the discus throw Thursday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oshkosh, Wis. Klaers, who entered the event seeded 12th, posted an effort of 154 feet, 5 inches on his second throw during preliminaries. The mark held up in the finals, allowing Klaers to secure All-America honors with a top-eight finish.
Klaers also brought home All-America honors in March by placing fourth in the weight throw at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Wisconsin-Whitewater junior Dan Hytinen won the title with a Division III season-best throw of 178-0 on his final attempt.
Competition in the women’s pole vault, which includes Gustavus’ Janna Castellano (Sr., Blaine, Minn./Totino-Grace), was postponed to Friday, May 25, at 6 p.m. The event, originally set for 5 p.m. Thursday, was held back a day due to south/southwest winds gusting upwards of 51 miles per hour across J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.
Gustavus hurdler Tanner Miest (Sr., Willmar, Minn./New London-Spicer) will also take to the track Friday (4:40 p.m.) as he competes in preliminary heats in the 110 hurdles. The final is Saturday, May 26 at 1:45 p.m.