Throughout his career, Gustavus’ Josh Owens (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park) has turned in some impressive performances in the pole vault, and it appears his senior season will be no different. The Gustie star won the pole vault at Friday’s St. Olaf Invite. He currently leads the MIAC by a significant margin, and ranks in the top 10 nationally. For his performance, Owens was named the MIAC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.
Friday in Northfield, Owens cleared the bar at 4.75 meters, or 15-7 feet, to finish first in the event by 0.3 meters. This season, his height ranks No. 1 in the MIAC by more than six inches. Owens is currently ranked No. 7 in all of NCAA Division III in the pole vault. No team scores were kept at the meet. Owens is the defending MIAC champion in the indoor track and field pole vault after clearing 4.90 meters (16-0.75 feet) at the 2012 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Gustavus and Owens hope to keep the highlights coming during a busy February, with four events on the schedule prior to the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at St. Olaf Feb. 28-March 2. Saturday, the Gusties make the short trip to Mankato to compete in the Ted Nelson Classic, and the following weekend they’ll head to Northfield to compete in Carleton’s Meet of the Hearts.
Josh Owens, Gustavus
Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Champlin Park