The Gustavus men’s track and field team delighted the home fans with a strong third place finish at the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which were held at the Gustavus Track and Field Complex on Friday and Saturday. Saint John’s won the championship with 141 points, while Hamline finished runner-up with 137 points.
Blair Riegl sparked the Gusties with an outstanding all-around performance as he won the long jump and 100 meter dash, while also finishing fourth in the triple jump, sixth in the 200-meter dash and participating on the 4×100-meter relay that placed second. In day two, Reigel went 11.20 in the 100, placed sixth in the 200-meter dash in 23.03, and recorded a 44-4.75 in the triple jump.
Other All-Conference Gustavus performers on day two included Matt Leeb, Steve Groskreutz, David Young, and the 4×100-meter relay team. Leeb took silver in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.55 and fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.83. Groskreutz provided big points in the hurdles, finishing second in the 400 (54.46), and fourth in the 110 (16.11). Young was Gustavus’ top field event performer of day two, finishing runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 165-11. The 4×100-meter relay team of Matt Dvorak, Leeb, Kendrick Hall, and Riegel came in second place with a time of 42.24.
Matt Dvorak finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.36, and Anders Bowman rounded out the top individual track competitors with a sixth place performance in the 1,500-meter run (4:03.70). The 4×400-meter relay team of Leeb, Carson Smith, Eric Jorgenson, and Groskreutz came in fourth with a time of 3:20.68.
The Gusties placed three individuals in the top-10 in the high jump, as Matt Flotterud took fifth (6-1.25), Jake Peymann finished seventh (5-11.25), and Carl Stenoien placed eighth (5-11.25). Ryan Ness and Pat Tracy provided Gustavus’ other top marks in the field events. Ness came in seventh in the javelin (153-6) and Tracy took ninth in the shot put (44-1.5).