First year Blair Riegel led the Gustavus Men’s Track and Field team with a pair of second place finishes at the Ted Nelson Classic held February 5 in Mankato, Minn. For the second week in a row, Riegel performed well against NCAA Division II competition, capturing second place in the long jump (21 feet, 6 1/4 inches) and triple jump (43 feet, 5 inches), and adding a fifth place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.00).
Tanner Quammen added the Gusties’ other second place finish in the 1000 meter run, turning in a time of 2:44.60. Carl Stenoien finished just behind Quammen in the 1000, taking third with 2:54.28. Joining his teammates with a top-three finish was Mark Stice, who took third in the weight throw with a toss of 47 feet, 11 inches.
Other top finishes for the Gusties included Matt Dvorak with fourth place (7.17) and seventh place (23.20) finishes in the 60 meter and 200 meter dash, respectively. In addition, Mark Bartley took fourth in the 3000 meter run (9:03.90) and Ryan Ness finished fourth in the 1000 (2:55.61).
The Gustavus Men’s Track and Field team returns to action next Saturday, traveling to Northfield, Minn. to compete at Carleton College’s annual Meet of the Hearts.