Northfield, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s indoor track and field team registered 24.5 points on day two of the 2013 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in seventh place with a two-day total of 57.5 points. St. Thomas won the 2013 title with 204 points, while St. Olaf finished second with 114 points, and Bethel placed third with 88 points.
Senior Josh Owens (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) turned in Gustavus’s top performance of the day by winning the pole vault for the second straight year. Owens cleared 15-feet 4.25-inches to garner All-Conference marks for the third time in his career in the event. With today’s gold medal performance, Owens becomes the first Gustie to win the pole vault back-to-back years at the MIAC indoor meet.
“Josh did his job and took care of business once again,” said Head Coach Dale Bahr. “It was great to see him finish atop the podium at the indoor meet one last time.”
Jeffrey Dubose (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) added points in the pole vault as well, placing fifth after going over the bar at 14-feet 8.25-inches.
Also in the field events, Ryan Obele (Sr., Le Sueur, Minn.) posted a fourth place finish in the weight throw with a personal record toss of 52-feet 8.25-inches. Jesse Scheiterlein (So., Sartell, Minn) also set a personal record in the weight throw, placing eighth with a toss of 48-feet 0.5-inches.
Eric Jorgenson (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) rounded out Gustavus’s top competitors with a seventh place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:23.56.
“We went out and competed hard, but we just fell short in a lot of events,” said Bahr. “Although I’m proud of our effort, it was such a tight competition to begin with and when you don’t score the points you should, you end up quickly dropping down the ladder.”