Men’s Track & Field Wins at Macalester, Women Take Second

Posted on January 22nd, 2022 by


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams competed at Macalester’s Vanessa Seljeskog Classic on Saturday and came away with multiple event victories. The Gustie women won eight events and took second out of five teams with a score of 166. Bethel won the women’s competition with 173 points. The Gustie men placed first out of four teams with 219 points after claiming six event victories, edging Bethel with 214 points.

The Gustie women’s eight first place finishes included Megan Geraets crossing the 200-meter line in 26.69 and making a leap of 16-9.25 in the long jump. Birgen Nelson won the 60-hurdles in 8.99 and was part of the winning 4×200 relay with Geraets, Danielle Miller, and Makenna Huetten in 1:49.00. Elizabeth Donnelly won the 800-meter in 2:17.86 and Julia Severson took first in the 3000-meter in 10:59.79. In the field events, Madi Kes won the triple jump with a distance of 36-8.5 and Annika Poe won the shot put with a heave of 44-3.25.

“In our first big encounter with other MIAC schools, our high jumpers and hurdlers did more than hold their own, with a strong showing from each individual,” Assistant Coach Nathan Harder said. “Two event champions led the charge, Birgen Nelson in the hurdles, and Danny Bies in the high jump. As with every season, there’s still plenty of room to improve. In all of our events, from relays to throws; don’t miss a step from your Gusties in 2022. They’re already showing a lot of promise as a young group of talented and dedicated student-athletes that are coming to win.”

The Gustie men’s six event winners were highlighted by Tyler Smith crossing the 800-meter line in 1:59.76, Jack Degonda winning the 1000-meter in 2:38.16, and Garet Grant claiming the top spot on the 3,000-meter in 8:57.02. The 4×200 relay team of Isaiah Subah, Seth Zeitchick, Nathan Le, and Wyatt Quiring won in 1:31.54. In the field events, Danny Bies won the high jump with a clearance of 6-0.75 and Subah took first in the triple jump with a leap of 40-9.75.

We had a really strong showing from the distance crew today,” Assistant Coach Brenden Huber said. “Definitely took some steps forward with a lot of PR’s and sweeping the 3k top spots. Loved our execution of race plans which lead to a one-two-three finish on the women’s side and five of the top six on the men’s side. This group continues to grow week after week.”

Gustavus next competes at St. Olaf on Friday.  


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