The Gustavus women’s outdoor track and field team finished runner-up for the sixth consecutive season at the 2010 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday, May 14-15 in Winona, Minn. The Gusties scored a total of 68.5 points on Saturday for a two-day total of 132 points to finish behind champion St. Thomas, who scored 115 points on Saturday for a total of 168 points. Saint Benedict barely edged out Concordia (88 points) to take third place with 89 points.
The top Gustavus performers of the afternoon included Janey Helland, Sam Broderius, Kaelene Lundstrum, and the 4×400-meter relay team of Danielle Burgmeier, Abby Karl, Amanda Iverson, and Lundstrum. Helland scored three top-ten finishes in day two, adding to her second place finish in the long jump in day one of competition. She became MIAC Champion in the 400-meter hurdles with an NCAA Provisional time of 63.90. Helland also placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 5’ 2.5”, and added an eighth place finish in the javelin with a toss of 111’ 7”. Broderius became MIAC Champion in the shot put with an NCAA Provisional toss of 43’ 10.75. Lundstrum finished runner-up in the high jump (5’ 3.75”), fourth in the shot put (40’ 7.5”), and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.56). The 4×400-meter relay team took second place with an NCAA Provisional time of 3:52.43.
The Gusties registered 16 top-ten finishes on the day. Top performers in the track events included Burgmeier, Vanessa Jones, Beth Hauer, and Natalie Ristau. Burmeier took fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.46. Jones placed seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase (11:55.72), Hauer took eighth in the 5000-meter run (18:28.61), and Ristau finished 10th in the 1500-meter run (5:01.52).
In the field events, Lauren Rothschiller placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 35’ 10.75”. Becca Bryson added a top-five finish by taking fifth in the javelin with a throw of 118’ 0”. Sara Baker finished eighth in the high jump, clearing 5’ 1.25”.