COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. — The Gustavus track & field team competed at the Saint John’s Invitational Saturday, and walked away with a number of impressive performances, two school records, and more NCAA top times. The Gustie men finished third as a team in the meet, while the women took second.
For the Gustie men, Tyler Smith etched his name into the Gustie record books, beating the existing meet record, school record, and personal best performance with a time of 2:30.92 to finish second in the 1k, posting the fourth fastest time in the conference this season. Nick Brauer wasn’t far behind teammate Smith, as the first-year also set a new PR and broke the meet record with a third-place finish of 2:31.95. Cohen Stursa added another Gustie win in the 400-meter, finishing in 51.12 for a personal best. Markus Rupnow also set a personal best in winning the 600-meter with a time of 1:24.59. Other notable performances included Isaiah Subah in the 60-meter, taking third with a career-best 7.13 and a second-place finish in the 3k for Logan McCullough (9:00.44). The men’s 4×200 relay team of Subah Jade Anstine, Nathan Le, and Noah Stageberg took first in 1:31.41, which is the 10th-best time in NCAA DIII this indoor season.
Kate Carlson started the Gustie women off strong, finishing first in the 60-meter with a season-best time of 7.84. Megan Geraets picked up another win, this time in the 400-meter, taking first in 58.36. McKenzie Luetmer set a new meet record in the 600, winning with a PR of 1:41.06. Molly Liston also recorded a personal best, taking first in the 3k with a time of won 10:35.70. The Gusties posted four of the top-5 times in the event. The Gustie women also won the 4×200 relay, taking first with a meet and school record of 1:45.32. The team of Carlson, Ally Rakow, Danielle Miller and Geraets posted the top time in the conference this season.
“We had an outstanding two days from our mid distance groups,” said Assistant Coach Brenden Huber. “Tyler Smith, Nick Brauer and Kailyn Walukas were all impressive in their conference preparation. This was capped off with Tyler’s school record and Nick running the fourth-best 1k race all-time for GAC. Our distance squads saw a lot of PRs today, led by Molly Liston and Sydney Hagen’s 1-2 punch in the 3k and Logan McCullough’s 9-flat with a second place finish. I’m really happy with our performances all around as we gear up for the championship stretch.”
In the field, Danny Bies won the high jump with a season-best 6-02.75 (1.90m), which ranks third in the MIAC so far. Ben Wynia also took fourth in the long jump with a distance of 5.95m (19-06.25). Maren Sundberg added a PR in the long jump with a distance of 4.95 (16-03.00), while Kelley Brennan finished fifth in the shot put (11.75m) and the weight throw (14.12m).