Four members of the Gustavus men’s track and field team have been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held May 21-23 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. That group includes senior Tyler Geyen (110-meter hurdles and 4×400 meter relay), junior Cole Carlson (400 meters and 4×400 meter relay), sophomore Colby Citrowske (4×400 meter relay), and sophomore Matt Leeb (4×400 meter relay). It will be the first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for each student-athlete.
Geyen (Watertown, Minn.), who garnered All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships after placing fourth in the 55-meter hurdles, enters the national outdoor meet ranked seventh in Division III in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.49. Geyen set a new school record in the event at the Meet of the UnSaintly with a time of 14.49 seconds en route to claiming first place. He will compete in the 55-meter trials on Friday at 2:00 pm (CDT) with the event finals on Saturday at 12:45 pm (CDT).
Carlson (Mora, Minn.), who won the 400-meter dash at the MIAC Championships with a school record time of 48.03, is ranked eighth in Division III in the event. He will compete in the 400 meter trials on Friday at 2:40 pm (CDT) with the event finals taking place on Saturday at 1:10 pm (CDT).
The 4×400 meter relay team of Colby Citrowske, Matt Leeb, Geyen, and Carlson head to the national outdoor meet ranked sixth with a time of 3:13.62. The group established a new school record at the Lee Krough Invitational with a time of 3:18.02 on April 10 before breaking the record at the Drake Relays with a time of 3:16.63 two weeks later. The relay again broke the record at the MIAC Championship at 3:13.62 to take second place. Relay trials will be held on Thursday at 6:10 pm (CDT) with the finals occurring on Saturday at 3:45 pm (CDT).