Six members of the Gustavus women’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 Lisa Brown (javelin and shot put), junior Kaelene Lundstrum, (heptathlon, high jump, and 4×400 meter relay), sophomore Sam Broderius (discus and shot put), senior Elizabeth Pringle (4×400 meter relay), sophomore Abby Karl (4×400 meter relay), and first year Danielle Burgmeier (4×400 meter relay). Brown will be making her fourth consecutive appearance at the national outdoor meet, while Lundstrum will be making her second straight appearance. It will be the first trip to the NCAA Championships for Broderius, Pringle, Karl, and Burgmeier.
Brown (Lake Crystal, Minn.), who won the NCAA javelin title in 2006 and 2008 and finished second in 2007, enters this year’s meet ranked second in Division III this season at 161 feet. Brown finished third at the Drake Relays with a distance of 161 feet and captured her fourth consecutive MIAC title with a distance of 157 feet, 10 inches. In the shot put, Brown ranks 18th in Division III at 43 feet, 4 1/2 inches. She will compete in the javelin on Thursday at 12:00 pm (CDT) and in the shot put on Saturday at 1:30 pm (CDT).
Lundstrum (Bird Island, Minn.) will be busy in Marietta, Ohio as she will be participating in the heptathlon on Thursday and Friday, the 4×400 meter relay trials on Thursday at 6:25 pm (CDT), and the high jump on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Lundstrum won the MIAC title in the pentathlon with 4,550 points, and finished second in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 1/4 inches. She enters the national meet ranked fifth in the heptathlon with 4,550 points and sixth in the high jump at a height of 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Last year at the NCAA Championships, Lundstrum finished second in the heptathlon with 4,762 points.
Broderius (Hector, Minn.) will be making her first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She won MIAC titles in the shot put and discus with distances of 44 feet, 8 3/4 inches and 148 feet, 3 inches, respectively. Broderius was honored by the MIAC Track and Field Coaches with the Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet for her winning effort in both events. She enters the national meet ranked seventh in the shot put and eighth in the discus. Broderius will compete in the discus on Friday at 12:30 pm (CDT) and in the shot put on Saturday at 1:30 pm (CDT).
The 4×400 meter relay team of Abby Karl, Danielle Burgmeier, Elizabeth Pringle, and Lundstrum head to the national outdoor meet ranked 15th with a time of 3:53.16. The relay trials will be held on Thursday at 6:25 pm (CDT).