Gustavus Adolphus College seniors Tanner Miest (Sr., Willmar, Minn./New London-Spicer) and Janna Castellano (Blaine, Minn./Totino-Grace) each came up short in their bids for national titles Friday at the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oshkosh, Wis. Miest failed to qualify for Saturday’s 110-meter hurdle final by posting a 13th-place time in preliminaries, while Castellano took 18th in the women’s pole vault.
Miest, an All-American last season as well as a three-time MIAC outdoor champion in the event, crossed the line in 14.73 seconds. Jonathan Garcia of UMass-Dartmouth posted the top qualifying time of 14.32, while James Klobucar of Cornell College and Nate Thornhill of Capital filled the final two spots in the final after each was clocked in 14.68.
Castellano, who finished fourth in the pole vault at the Division III Indoor Meet in March, cleared the opening height of 10 feet, 10 3/4 inches on her third and final attempt, but was unable to post a qualifying effort as the bar moved up to 11-4 1/2. Meghan Voiland of Augustana (Ill.) captured the national title after clearing 12-10 1/4.
The Championships conclude Saturday with Gusties Sari Lindeman (Jr., Cannon Falls, Minn.) and Lisa Brown (So., Lake Crystal, Minn./Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial) competing for championships in the triple jump and javelin throw, respectively. Brown, the defending national champion in the javelin, enters the national meet seeded fifth with a throw of 149-9, while Lindeman enters seeded 14th with a leap of 37-8.
Brown competes at noon Saturday, while Lindeman takes her shot at a national title at 2 p.m.
2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships