Mankato, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s track & field teams got some mid-week competition in on Tuesday when they competed in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Twilight Meet. No team scores were kept at the event.
Leading the Gustavus men was junior Blair Riegel (Lakeville, Minn.) who recorded three top three finishes. Riegel finished runner-up in the triple jump after a mark of 45-feet 3.5-inches, and also placed third in both the 100-meter (10.75) and 200-meter dash (22.58).
Joseph Renier (Jr., Cambridge, Minn.) turned in Gustavus’s top finish on the track with a win in the 5,000-meter run after posting a time of 15:44.36.
In the mid-distance races, Sam Fransen (Jr., Jackson, Minn.) came in second in the 800-meter run (2:01.13), and Tanner Davenport (Jr., Ham Lake, Minn.) crossed the finish line in third in the 1,500-meter run (4:18.34).
Ryan Obele (Jr., Le Sueur, Minn.) had a good evening in the throws, placing second in the hammer with a toss of 161-feet and third in the discus with a throw of 138-feet 9-inches. Pat Tracy (Jr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) added a runner-up performance in the shot put (43-4.25).
Ryan Ness (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and Josh Owens (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) rounded out the night’s top performers. Ness won the javelin competition with a throw of 182-feet 7-inches, while Owens won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 15-feet 1.5-inches. Brody Ziegler (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) also turned in a second place showing in the high jump after clearing 6-feet 4.75 inches.
Recording wins on the women’s side was Beth Hauer (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) and Elizabeth Weiers (So., Le Center, Minn.). Hauer had the team’s top performance on the track with first place run in the 5000-meter in 18:45.55. Weiers was the top Gustie in the field events with a first place throw of 162-feet 5-inches in the hammer.
Also on the track, Caitlin Fermoyle (So., Mendota Heights, Minn.) placed second in the 1,500-meter run (4:51.06), as did Marit Henckel (So., Viroqua, Wis.) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:21.93). Amanda Iverson (Sr., Waconia, Minn.) finished third in the 800-meter run (2:19.49), and Shelbie Walsh (Fy., Litchfield, Minn.) took third in the 110-meter hurdles (17.08).
To round out the Gustavus women’s team’s top competitors, Allyson Voss (Sr., Wausau, Wis.) cleared the bar at 12-feet 5-inches to finish second in the pole vault, Emily Ford (So., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) came in runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 39-feet 5.25-inches, and Rachel Colter (So., North St. Paul, Minn.) placed third in the javelin with a throw of 100-feet 2-inches.
Select members of the Gustavus track and field team will take part in the MIAC Multi’s set to begin on Thursday. The two-day event originally scheduled to take place at Carleton College in Northfield has been moved to Saint John’s University in Collegeville.