Junior Cole Carlson won the 400 meter dash with a NCAA provisional school record time of 48.03 to help the Gustavus men’s track and field team finish in seventh place with 65.5 points at the MIAC Championships hosted by Carleton College. Senior Tyler Geyen earned second in the 110 meter hurdles with a NCAA provisional time of 14.50 and fifth in the javelin at a distance of 172 feet, 7 inches. St. Thomas claimed the team championship with 182 points, while Saint John’s finished second with 125 points.
The Gusties scored most of their points in the running events with three other individuals and three relays finishing in the top eight in addition to Carlson and Geyen. Dan Foley (Minneapolis, Minn.) posted a season-best, NCAA provisional time of 31:02.88 in the 10,000 meters to finish fourth in the event. Other top finishes included John Leaf (Sr., Center City, Minn.) placing sixth in the 10,000 meters (32:02.00) and Matt Dvorak (Fy., Burnsville, Minn.) placing eighth in the 100 meters (11.29). Cole Carlson (Mora, Minn.) also placed sixth in the 200 meters (22.44).
The Gustavus 4×400 meter relay team turned in its fastest time of the season at 3:13.62 to finish second and establish a new school record. The time met a NCAA provisional standard and is the fifth-fastest time recorded in Division III. Members of the team include Matt Leeb (So., Kasota, Minn.), Colby Citrowske (So., Canby, Minn.), Tyler Geyen, and Cole Carlson. The 4×100 meter relay team consisting of Dave Schutt (So., Hampton, Minn.), Leeb, Citrowske, and Dvorak placed fourth (42.65), while the 4×800 meter relay team finished sixth (8:06.34). The relay was comprised of Carson Smith (So., Prior Lake, Minn.), Justin Lund (So., Cyrus, Minn.), Christian Raether (Fy., Pasadena, Calif.), and Max Hanson (So., Montrose, Minn.).
In the field events, Brian Anderson (Jr., Bloomington, Minn.) recorded points for the Gusties in two events as he placed fourth in the shot out with a distance of 49 feet, 10 inches and sixth in the hammer throw with a distance of 162 feet, 6 inches. Gustavus has two competitors finish in the top eight in the javelin as Chad Arlt (Sr., St. Michael, Minn.) was third (180-8) and Geyen was fifth (172-7). Jake Peymann (So., Fairmont, Minn.) cleared a height of 6 feet, 2 inches to finish tied for seventh place in the high jump.
Carlson, Foley, Geyen, and the 4×400 meter relay will now wait to see if their provisional times will be good enough to be invited to the NCAA Championships in two weeks at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.