The Gustavus women’s indoor track and field team recorded 144 points to finish second behind the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which had 172 points, at the Saint Benedict Quad on Saturday in Collegeville. The Gusties won two individual events, but used their depth to pick up valuable points. Megan Lundgren (So., Mankato, Minn.) and Janey Helland (So., Mapleton, Minn.) took first place in their respective events as Lundgren won the 600 with a time of 1:39.96 and Helland won the long jump with a distance of 16′ 11.5″.
In the running events, four Gustavus athletes recorded third place finishes with Elizabeth Pringle (Sr., Northfield, Minn.) in the 400 (62.10), Abby Karl (So., St. Cloud, Minn.) in the 600 (1:41.83), Kate Reins (So., Osseo, Minn.) in the mile (5:40.09), and Kaelene Lundstrum (Jr., Bird Island, Minn.) in the 55-meter hurdles (9.05). The 4×400 relay team earned second after posting a time of 4:10.27.
In addition to Helland’s first place finish in the long jump, the Gusties took second and third as Lundstrum and Becca Bryson (Jr., Alden, Minn.) both posted jumps of 16′ 3.75″. Lundstrum also finished runner-up in the high jump after clearing a height of 5′ 3.25″. Meredith Halling (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) and Kelly Nelson (Jr., Milaca, Minn.) finished in second and third place in the pole vault as Halling cleared 10′ and Nelson cleared 9′ 6.25″.
Lisa Brown (Sr., Lake Crystal, Minn.) posted her second NCAA provisional mark of the season in the shot put when she threw for 43′ 1″ to earn second place. Diana Scott (Jr., Bristol, Conn.) was the other female Gustavus thrower to finish in the top three when she recorded a throw of 46′ 8′ in the 20-pound weight throw.
Gustavus will compete at the Pre-MIAC Meet hosted by Macalester in St. Paul on Friday, February 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m.