Track & Field Men Sit In Second At MIAC Championships, Women 12th After Day One Posted on May 13th, 2017 by


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s and women’s track & field teams competed in day one of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships Friday, hosted by Hamline University. After the first day, the Gustie men sit in second place with 35 points, while the women are in 12th with 8.14 points. St. Thomas is in first place for both men and women.

The day started off well for the Gustie men as Michael Hensch (So., North Branch, Minn.) won the hammer throw with a personal-best and national top-20 heave of 182-8. Hensch also garnered points in the discus, taking seventh with a toss of 142-8. Evan Jones (Sr., Pella, Iowa) then won the 10,000-meter at 32:48.36 with Thomas Knobbe (Sr., Decorah, Iowa) close behind in third place at 33:10.13.

Ed ReMine (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) won the 400-meter hurdle prelim with a time of 55.25. The men’s 4×800-meter relay of Alex Fredrickson (Sr., Victoria, Minn.), Ben Madigan (So., Kohler, Wis.), Ryley Sandberg (Jr., Polk City, Iowa) and Kyle Fredrickson (Sr., Victoria, Minn.) set a new school record time of 7:43.41, taking third place behind St. Olaf, who set a new MIAC record in 7:33.39.

On the women’s side, Kayla Stowell (So., Le Sueur, Minn.) advanced to the 100-meter finals, taking sixth in the prelims at 12.48. Marisa Morgan (Jr., Rockford, Ill.) placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 126-2. And Lauren Kershner (Sr., Marine, Ill.) took fifth in the pole vault, clearing 10-2.75.

“We talk as a team about needing a spark to get things going and that certainly happened with Michael winning the hammer throw,” Head Coach Dale Bahr said. “We had a lot of good performances and got some points where we thought we were going to. Evan came from behind in the final 100 meters of the 10k to win that race. Him and Thomas did a great job of pacing themselves and then kicking it into another gear at the end. And even though the women didn’t get a lot of points, I was happy to see Lauren Kershner get fifth in the pole vault after coming out for the team for the first time as a senior. And Marisa Morgan had a great javelin to get some points. Our women showed a lot of potential for the future since we are such a young team.”

The final day of the MIAC Championships is Saturday.


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