Head Coach Dale Bahr’s men’s outdoor track and field team will rely on an experienced group of runners at the 2010 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 14-15 in Winona, Minn. The Gusties will look to break into the top-five, as St. Thomas and Hamline are the front-runners heading into the MIAC Championships. The Gusties will look to improve on their sixth place finish one year ago, building on a fourth place finish at the 2010 MIAC Indoor Championships this past winter.
Gustavus is led by a solid group of runners that includes Max Hanson (Montrose, Minn.), Cole Carlson (Mora, Minn.), Matt Leeb (Kasota, Minn.), Matt Dvorak (Burnsville, Minn.), and Colby Citrowske (Canby, Minn.). The tandem of Carlson, Hanson , Leeb, and Citrowske is currently ranked first in the MIAC and second in NCAA Division III with a time of 3:12.88 in the 4×400-meter relay. Individually, Cole Carlson, 2009 MIAC Champion in the 400-meter dash, is currently ranked fourth in the 400 (48.75), and fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.15). Dvorak currently has the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (10.85). Matt Leeb ranks third in the 200-meter dash (22.13), and ninth in the 400-meter dash (50.01). Hanson will look to carry his success from the indoor season over to the outdoor venue, as he currently ranks third in the MIAC in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:33.76), fifth in the 1500-meter run (3:57.63), and seventh in the 400-meter dash (49.12).
The Gusties are led in the field events by senior thrower Brian Anderson (Bloomington, Minn.). Anderson is currently ranked second in the hammer throw (54.38m) and fourth in the shot put (15.56m). Jake Peymann (Fairmont, Minn.) will look to score points in the jumps, ranking fifth in the high jump (1.93m) and 17th in the long lump (6.19m). David Young is currently ranked eighth in the javelin (46.99m), Colin Rust (Chanhassen, Minn.) is ranked 10th in the triple jump (12.91), and Nick Davis (Litchfield, Minn.) is 10th in the discus (43.24m). Gustavus will look to have a strong showing in the pole vault with four athletes ranked in the top ten in the event, as Josh Owens (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) ranks fourth (4.37m), Matt Nemec (Roseville, Minn.) ranks seventh (4.32m), Jordan VanDorp (Buffalo, Minn.) ranks eighth (4.22m), and Carl Stenoien (Underwood, Minn.) ranks ninth (4.22m).
The MIAC Championships will begin on Friday, May 14, at 2:00pm with the men’s javelin and long jump, and women’s discus and pole vault.