The Gustavus men’s indoor track and field team compiled 15 individual top-three finishes and eight event wins at the Pre-MIAC Meet held in the Macalester College Fieldhouse on Friday night in St. Paul. No team scores were kept at the meet, as it was the Gustavus’ final warm-up before it takes part in the 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 3-5.
Blair Riegel and Matt Dvorak were the top Gustie performers at the meet. Riegel tallied a pair of wins in the jumps, while Dvorak added two victories in the sprints. Riegel won the triple jump with mark of 43’ 10.50” and the long jump with a leap of 21’ 7.50”. Dvorak won the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.56 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.95.
Mark Bartley and Tanner Davenport scored wins in the track events. Bartley crossed the finish line in 4:33.11 to win the mile, while Davenport ran a 2:00.85 to win the 800-meter run by over six seconds.
Aside from Bartley’s and Davenport’s wins, the Gusties had a great meet in the track events. Ian Gibbs-Hall, Justin Lund, and Ben Weiner all added second place finishes; Gibbs-Hall in the mile (4:38.57), Lund in the 400-meter dash (52.24), and Weiner in the 1000-meter run (2:48.21). Kendrick Hall finished third in the 55-meter dash (6.80), as did Anders Culver in the 1000-meter run (2:55.97).
Josh Owens and Mark Stice also added victories in the field events. Owens won the pole vault after clearing 14’ 7.25”, and Stice took first in the weight throw with a toss of 50’ 11.00”.
Other top performers in the field events were Cameron Clause and Naga Rumicho. Clause took second in the pole vault after clearing 14’ 7.25”, and Rumicho finished third in the high jump (5’ 11.25”).
The 2011 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by St. Thomas in the brand new AARC Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of St. Thomas.