Gustavus Adolphus junior outdoor track and field athlete Janey Helland (Mapleton, Minn.) has been named the Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete following the 2010 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Helland won the MIAC Heptathlon with 4508 points on Friday, May 7, placed second in the long jump with a leap of 17′ 10.25 on Friday, May 14, then scored three more top ten finishes on Saturday, May 15, by winning the 400-meter hurdles (63.90), placing fourth in the high jump (5’ 2.5”), and taking eighth in the javelin (111’ 7”).
Helland’s score at the MIAC Heptathlon provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships, as she is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the event. Her time of 63.90 in the 400-meter hurdles also hit the NCAA provisional mark, ranking her 33rd in the event. The Gustavus women’s outdoor track and field team compiled 132 points to finish runner-up at the 2010 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The 2010 Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Barea, Ohio at Tressel Field in Finnie Stadium on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College on May 27-29.