Northfield, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the season-opening St. Olaf Invite held on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Manitou Fieldhouse. In a triangular that also featured St. Olaf College and Bethel University, the Gustie men finished first with 133 points, and the Gustie women took second with a score of 100.50
Leading the Gustavus men’s team on the track was Phillip Butler (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) and Thomas Knobbe (Fr., West Des Moines, Iowa). Butler won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.14, while Knobbe won the 5,000-meter run with a time 16:21.58.
Cameron Clause (Sr., Mankato, Minn.) had a strong outing in the field events and provided the Gusties with a pair of victories. Clause cleared 14-feet 5.25-inches to win the pole vault and recorded a leap of 20-feet 6.5-inches to take the long jump.
On the women’s side, Gustavus recorded four individual field event wins. Nevada Wendlandt (Sr., Maplewood, Minn.) won the pole vault after clearing 10-feet six-inches. Leah Brossoit (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) provided a gold medal by taking the long jump after a leap of 16-feet.
In the throws, Rachel Colter (Jr., North St. Paul, Minn.) took first in the shot put with a throw of 37-feet 11-inches, and Sarah Swanson (So., Fairbanks, Alaska) won the weight throw with a toss of 44-feet 11.25-inches. Swanson also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 36-feet 10-inches.
The Gustavus indoor track and field teams will be in action next weekend when they travel to Mankato, Minn. on Feb. 8 to take part in the Minnesota State University, Mankato Ted Nelson Classic.