Women's Track and Field Archive

2004 Season

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Indoor Summary – Coach Tom Thorkelson’s squad posted a strong second place finish at the MIAC Championships. The Gusties posted six top three finishes including five in individual events and one relay team. The individuals posting top three finishes and earning all-conference honors included Ali Cordie placing first in the 600 meter dash, Jackie Luehmann finishing second in both the shot put and weight throw, Shannon Martin placing second in the pole vault and Ashley Cronen finishing third in the 400 meter dash. In the relay events, the 800 meter relay consisting of Kim Swanson, Ashley Cronen, Maggie Stolp and Blythe Bittman finished first to claim the lone event title of the meet for the Gusties. Jackie Luehmann qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put where she went on to place third and earn All-America honors.

Outdoor Summary - The Gusties finished third, just 15 points behind champion Concordia, at the MIAC Track and Field Championships. Kristin Petersen won the discus and Jackie Luehmann won the shot put. Eleven athletes earned all-conference honors including, Petersen (discus, hammer throw), Luehmann (shot put, discus), Kristi Schneider (pole vault), Shannon Martin (pole vault), Kelsey Becker (4x100 relay), Kim Swanson (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), Maggie Stolp, (4x100 relay), Blythe Bittman (4x100 relay), Ali Cordie (400 meter hurdles, 4x400 relay), Krista Cruse (4x400 relay), and Ashley Cronen (400 meter dash, 4x400 relay). The team went on to finish 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which is the best finish in the program’s history. The Gusties scored 18 points behind the first place finish by Kristin Petersen in the discus and Jackie Luehmann’s second place finish in the shot put. The 4x400 relay team of Kim Swanson, Ali Cordie, Krista Cruse and Ashley Cronen placed 14th.

Kristin Petersen won the NCAA Division III Championship in the discus in late May. The meet was held at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Petersen won the title with an effort of 159' 6", which is a new school record. She set the previous record of 156' 1" at the 2004 MIAC Championships. Petersen is the first women's track and field athlete at Gustavus to claim an individual national title. She is the first track and field athlete to win a national title since Aaron Smith won the NCAA men's hammer throw championship in May of 1999.

Jackie Luehmann placed second in the shot put at the NCAA Division III Championship with a distance of 46-6 3/4 to earn All-America honors for the sixth time of her college career.

Scores and Schedule

2004 Indoor Schedule
Date Opponent Result
Jan. 29 Gustavus Triangular NTS
Feb. 7 MSU-Mankato Open NTS
Feb. 14 MSU-Maverick Invitational 4 of 4 (30pts)
Feb. 21 University of Minnesota NTS
Feb. 27 Pre-MIAC Meet at Carleton 1 of 5 (205pts)
Mar. 5-6 MIAC Championships at St. John's 2 of 12 (94pts)
Mar. 14-15 NCAA Championships at UW-Whitewater 29th (6 pts)
*Bolded Meets are Home Meets

2004 Outdoor Schedule

Date Opponent Time/Results
Mar. 27 Wartburg Open NTS
Apr. 9 Lee Krough Invitational NTS
Apr. 17 St. Olaf NTS
Apr. 24 Drake Alternative NTS
Apr. 30 Macalester NTS
May 7 MIAC Championships at St. Olaf 3 of 12 (105pts)
May 27-29 NCAA Championships at Millikin University 16th (18pts)


Name Yr. Event Hometown
Sara Baldes FY Throws Two Harbors, MN
Kelsey Becker FY Sprints Lakeville, MN
Valerie Berquam FY Mid-Distance Kenyon, MN
Blythe Bittman SO Sprints Fairmont, MN
Heidi Bulfer FY Mid-Distance Fairmont, MN
Stacie Bulfer SR Mid Distance Fairmont, MN
Janna Castellano FY Sprints Blaine, MN
Ashley Clemen FY Throws Appleton, MN
Ali Cordie JR Mid Distance/Hurdles Sartell, MN
Ashley Cronen SO Sprints Kandiyohi, MN
Krista Cruse FY Mid Distance Hastings, MN
Mary Dooher FY Sprints Moorhead, MN
Ashley Farbo JR Mid Distance Buffalo, MN
Heidi Gruenhagen SO Throws New Ulm, MN
Carlie Hanson FY Hurdles Buffalo, MN
Hailey Harren FY Distance Cold Spring, MN
Stacey Johnson FY Pole Vault Robbinsdale, MN
Molly Lager SO Mid Distance Robbinsdale, MN
Jackie Luehmann SR Throws Lewiston, MN
Shannon Martin SR Vault Welch, MN
Elizabeth Murray SR Sprints North Mankato, MN
Kristin Petersen SR Throws Hayfield, MN
Nichole Petersen JR Distance Marshall, MN
Tasha Pike JR Distance Rochester, MN
Emily Proehl FY Mid-Distance Mapleton, MN
Lisa Raetz FY Jumps Owatonna, MN
Brenna Ress FY Hurdles Chaska, MN
Kristi Schneider JR Pole Vault Hastings, MN
Colleen Schroht SO Throws Medford, MN
Kalee Schrupp SO Jumps/Sprints Becker, MN
Heather Sieben JR Throws Cottage Grove, MN
Michelle Steadman JR Jumps Wayzata, MN
Maggie Stolp SR Jumps/Sprints Mankato, MN
Kim Swanson SR Sprints Minnetonka, MN
Beth Thicke FY Pole Vault Stewartville, MN
Josie Thulien JR Throws St. James, MN
Emily Trapp FY Mid-Distance Shoreview, MN
Brianna Vaa FY Mid-Distance Moorhead, MN
Lindsey Weis JR Jumps Mankato, MN
Beth Zirbes SO Distance Silver Lake, MN