The Gustavus men’s indoor track and field team looks to improve on last season’s eighth place finish, as it is set to compete at the 2010 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. The Gusties, under the direction of Dale Bahr in his first season as head coach, will look for strong individual performances and a top five team finish.
Gustavus currently has six individuals ranked in the top 10 of the MIAC Performance lists. Senior Max Hanson (Montrose, Minn.), an all-conference performer at last season’s MIAC Championships, is currently ranked second in both the 800-meter run (1:54.68) and 1000-meter run (2:31.16). Cole Carlson (Mora, Minn.) has the second fastest time in the 400-meter run (49.85), and is currently ranked sixth in the 200-meter dash (22.97). Matt Dvorak (Burnsville, Minn.) ranks fifth in the 55-meter dash (6.61) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.01), and John Kennedy (Coon Rapids, Minn.) ranks third in the 1000-meter run (2:32.38). Adding depth in the distance events will be Mark Bartley (Blue Earth, Minn.), Alex Thornton (Byron, Minn.), Cristian Raether (Pasadena, Calif.) and Nick Ross (Hastings, Minn.), while Carson Smith (Prior Lake, Minn.) will provide depth in the mid-distance.
In the field events, Brian Anderson (Bloomington, Minn.) will look to score points in the shot put and weight throw. He currently ranks fourth in the shot put (48’ 2”) and ninth in the weight throw (50’ 7.50”). Jake Peymann (Fairmont, Minn.) will compete in the high jump, Colin Rust will compete in the triple jump, and Carl Stenoien will compete in the pole vault and heptathlon.