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Track and Field hosts Drake Alternative: Gustie men and women win 11 events collectively

By Nathan Thompson - Staff Writter | May 4, 2018 | Sports & Fitness

Junior McKayla Stowell competes in the 200-meter dash at the 18th Annual Drake Invitational April 28. Stowell took home first in the event to add to her first place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Junior McKayla Stowell competes in the 200-meter dash at the 18th Annual Drake Invitational April 28. Stowell took home first in the event to add to her first place finish in the 100-meter dash.

The Gustavus Men’s and Women’s track teams competed at the Cobber “Snownami” Open on the 21 with the women taking third and the men taking sixth.

The women’s team scored 95.5 points on top of first place and record setting performances from multiple individuals.

Junior McKayla Stowell recorded the only top finish for the team during the meet with first place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.39 while also finishing third in the 200-meter dash.

Sophomore Tierney Winter etched herself into the record books as her fifth place time of 4:45.16 in the 1,500-meter broke the previous Gustie record set way back in 1998 by Becca Wold.

First-year DeAnna Giles also registered a top performance, finishing second in the triple jump at 36-2.25 while Seniors Sadie Klug and Olivia Rosenow finished second and third in the 5,000 meter run.

The men’s team registered a total score of 77 points and was led by the distance runners, taking top finishes in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.

First-year Andrew Stumbo took the top spot in the 10,000-meter with a time of 33:16.03. Junior Alex Wischnack also landed in the top three along with Stumbo, placing third and finishing just ten seconds behind.

First-year Nick Kerbeshian and Jeremy Gilbertson finished first and second respectively in the 5,000-meter run for a collective 18 points. 

Also registering notable performances were Senior Justin Friedrich who placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Sophomore Matthew Montplaisir who placed fourth in the triple jump.

This past Saturday, the teams hosted the 18th Annual Drake Alternative meet with an abundance of strong performances on both sides.

Six different members of the women’s team took Home top performances over the weekend with Stowell registering two by herself. Her two first place finishes came in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes while earning a personal best in the 200. 

“It was just paramount for us to go out and compete well. Any time we’re going against the DII schools, holding our own against them, and bringing home some individual champions and solid performances, it’s a lot of fun to see,” Head Coach Dale Bahr said.

Another top finish came from Sophomore Lily Anderson in the 400 meter run while second place was snatched by fellow Gustie Sophomore Megan Hill. 

Another pair of top finishes came in the 800-meter where Junior Abbie Schnabel and Sophomore Haley Anderson finished first and second, respectively. 

Also placing first in their respective events were Klug and Rosenow who bested their competition in the 5,000 meter run and the 3,000 meter steeplechase, respectively.

Junior Michael Hensch competes in the hammer throw April 28.

Rounding out the top finishes of the meet was Senior Marisa Morgan who placed first in the javelin with a personal best throw of 126-5. In addition the Gustie 4×100-meter relay team also finished on top with a time of 50.06 from Anderson, Winter, Giles and First-year Erin Teichroew.

Another four top performances came from the men’s team on Saturday with Junior Michael Hensch, Stumbo, First-year Taylor Rooney and the 4×400-meter relay team all placing first in their events.

“A lot of work goes into hosting a meet and a lot of thanks goes to my athletes. We have such a great event for the alumni and just having that many come back and enjoy the day with us is a great thing and I think it speaks volumes to our program,” Bahr said.

Hensch led the Gustie throwers with a personal best throw of 185-3 and taking first by a significant margin of ten feet. He also placed third in the shot put.

Stumbo’s top finish came in the 5,000 meter run, pacing the field with a time of 15:22.37. Rooney continued his dominant season with another top finish in the 110-meter hurdles while also recording a career best leap of 6-4.75 in the high jump for second place.

Also, the Gustavus 4×400 relay team consisting of Juniors Jack Blaney, Bobby Verchota, and Ben Madigan along with First-year Brennan Gustafson led the field with a first-place time of 3:24.94.

Next up for Gustavus is the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Multis next Thursday and Friday.

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