The Gustavus women’s outdoor track and field team got the outdoor season started with a fourth place finish at the Central College Invite on Saturday in Pella, Iowa. The Gusties registered 10 top five finishes for a total of 90.50 points. Individual event winners included Janey Helland in the long jump (18’ 01.75”) and Sam Broderius in the discus throw (137’ 11”). Minnesota Duluth won the meet with 222.50 points, as Central finished second with 151.83 points, and Coe finished third with 118.50.
Janey Helland also added a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (66.09), while Sam Broderius took third in the shot put (39’ 07.75”) and fourth in the hammer throw (123’ 05”). Broderius’s toss in the discus provisionally qualified her for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Other top five finishers included Holly Hoffman, Laura Sjoberg, and Kim Rostvold. Holffman placed third in the pole vault, clearing 9’ 6.25”, Sjoberg placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 32” 9.75”, and Rostvold took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.30. Abby Karl placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:24.50), and Sarah Baker finished sixth in the 200-meter dash (25.75).
The Gustavus 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams both placed fourth at the meet. The 4×100 relay team consisting of Janie Briant, Julia Thompson, Baker, and Sjoberg finished with a time of 52.04, while the 4×400 relay team of Briant, Helland, Karl, and Thompson registered a time of 4:11.39.
The Gustavus outdoor track and field team will host the Lee Krough Invitational in St. Peter on Saturday, April 10, at 11:00am.