Northfield, Minn. – In the Gustavus men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams first scored meet of the season, the Gustie men tallied 136 points for a second place finish, while the women totaled 139 points for a third place finish. Four teams competed at the Meet of the Hearts hosted at Carleton College including Luther College, Hamline University, Gustavus, and host Carleton.
On the men’s side, Hamline placed first with 179 points followed by Gustavus in second, Carleton in third (110 pts.), and Luther in fourth (96 pts.). Luther won the meet on the women’s side with 168.5 points, while Carleton placed second (140 pts.), and Hamline placed fourth (118.5 pts.) behind the Gusties.
Junior Blair Riegel (Lakeville, Minn.) led the men’s team with three finishes on the podium that included two event wins. Riegel made his mark in the jumps, winning the long jump with a leap of 22-feet 2.5-inches and the triple jump with a mark of 45-feet 3-inches. On the track, the junior added a third place finish in the 55-meter dash after crossing the finish line in 6.67.
Junior Jeffrey Dubose (St. Paul, Minn.) completed the Gustavus sweep of the jumps by taking first in the high jump after clearing 6-feet 3.25-inches. Dubose also added a third place showing in the pole vault with a height of 14-feet 2-inches.
Ryan Obele (Jr., Le Sueur, Minn.) and Cameron Clause (Jr., Mankato, Minn.) turned in the Black and Gold’s other individual event wins at the meet. Obele took the weight throw with a toss of 52-feet 1.25-inches, while Clause won the pole vault after clearing 14-feet 8-inches.
The Gusties’ other top performances on the track featured a runner-up finish by Eric Jorgenson (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) in the 600-meter dash and a third place finish by Phillip Butler (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) in the 200-meter dash (23.87).
On the women’s side, the lone Gustavus win was posted by Haley Kemper (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) who took the 400-meter dash with a time of 61.05. Hana Fischer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) registered the Three Crowns’ other top finish on the track by placing second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.793.
The field competitors continued to shine on Saturday in Northfield, as Gustavus totaled eight finishes on the podium from six different teammates. Nevada Wendlandt (Jr., Maplewood, Minn.) and Leah Brossoit (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) each had a pair of top three finishes. Wendlandt took second in both the pole vault (10-2.75) and high jump (4-9.75), while Brossoit finished third in both the long jump (15-9.50) and triple jump (33-2).
Also in the jumps, Lauren Rothschiller (Sr., Chaska, Minn.) finished runner-up triple jump.
The women throwers were led by Hayley Solheim (Fy, Crookston, Minn.), who for the first time this season, didn’t win the shot put. Solheim placed second in the shot with a toss of 40-feet 11.75-inches. Rachel Colter (So., North St. Paul, Minn.) came in third behind Solheim in the shot put with a throw of 39-feet 5.25-inches, and Elizabeth Weiers (So., Le Center, Minn.) rounded out the group with a third place toss of 46-feet in the weight throw.
The Gustavus men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in action next on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they travel to Collegeville, Minn. to compete in the Saint John’s/Saint Ben’s Quad.