After finishing runner up the previous two seasons, the Gustavus women’s indoor track and field team looks forward to the opportunity to challenge St. Thomas for the conference crown at the 2010 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. First year Head Coach Dale Bahr currently has 15 individuals ranked in the top 10 of the MIAC Performance lists.
Kaelene Lundstrum (Bird Island, Minn.) will look to lead the Gusties, as she is the returning champion in the pentathlon and high jump, while taking third in the 55-meter hurdles last season. Lundstrum is currently ranked first in the high jump (5’4.25”) and pentathlon (3468), second in the 55-meter hurdles (8.88), third in the shot put (40’ 4.25”), and fourth in the long jump (17’ 3.25”).
Diana Scott (Bristol, Conn.) will defend her title in the weight throw, entering the meet ranked second (51’ 5.50”). Janey Helland, an all-conference performer in the long jump last season, is currently ranked first in the long jump with a leap of 17’ 1”. Helland also ranks third in both the high jump (5’ 2.25”) and pentathlon (3011). Sam Broderius (Hector, Minn.) finished third in the shot put last season and is currently ranked first in the shot put with a throw of 42’ 2.25”.
Abby Karl (St. Cloud, Minn.) will look to score points in the mid-distance events, as she ranks third in the 600-meter dash (1:38.70) and fourth in the 400-meter dash (60.06). Also adding depth in the mid-distance races will be Megan Lundgren (Mankato, Minn.) and Natalie Ristau (St. Paul, Minn.). Lundgren ranks eighth (1:41.77) in the 600-meter run, as Ristau sits behind her in ninth (1:41.93). Beth Hauer (Little Falls, Minn.) and Brooke Beskau (Hastings, Minn) are currently ranked ninth (18:52.66) and tenth (18:57.64), respectively, in the 5000-meter run.
Gustavus will once again be strong in the field events with contributions coming from Becca Bryson (Alden, Minn.), Sarah Baker (Roseville, Minn.), and Allyson Voss (Wausau, Wisc.). Bryson is currently ranked third in the triple jump (35’ 1”) and seventh in the long jump (16’ 7.75”). Baker ranks fourth in the high jump (5’ 1”), fifth in the triple jump (17’ 1.50”), and seventh in the pentathlon (2442). Allyson Voss has the second best pole vault, clearing 10’ 11.75”. Also contributing in the field events will be Laura Secor (Stillwater, Minn.) in the pentathlon, Anna Bauer (Hastings, Minn.) in the weight throw, and Lauren Rothschiller in the triple jump (Chaska, Minn.).