Lenzel Koskela runs the 400 Meter Dash on Friday for VCSU. (Mark Potts/VCSU)
Lenzel Koskela runs the 400 Meter Dash on Friday for VCSU. (Mark Potts/VCSU)
Men's Track & Field - Fri, May 12, 2017

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Dennis Gonzalez picked up his second conference title and Lenzel Koskela ran a career-best time to earn All Conference in the 400 meters Friday on the final day of the NSAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

After winning the 10k race on Thursday, Gonzalez laid claim to the 5k title on Friday confirming his spot as the top distance runner in the conference. Gonzalez beat second place by more than 23 seconds in Friday's 5k race and also set a new conference meet record.

Lenzel Koskela ran a career-best time of 49.97 seconds in the 400 meter dash, taking second place and earning All Conference.

The top three finishers in each event earned All Conference at the meet, while the top six finishers earned team points. The top two relay teams were named All Conference. The Viking men placed sixth at the meet with 76.5 team points and had four All Conference finishers.

VCSU's 4x100 meter relay team of Koskela, Josh Manzke, Brady Morden and Isaiah Tivis placed third at the meet in a thrilling race. The top three teams were separated by just 28 hundredths of a second.

VCSU had seven athletes finish just outside of All Conference by taking fourth place on Friday.

Smith Tuya (3,000 steeplechase), Isaiah Tivis (100 meter dash), Orin Rambow (800 meter run), Niklas Ernst (400 hurdles), Ellwood Ellenson (long jump), Garret Roemmich (discus) and Joshua Lawyer (shot put) all placed fourth in their events Friday.

NSAA Outdoor Championships
VCSU Men - Top 6 Finishers (Top 3 named All Conference)
10,000 Meters

1. Dennis Gonzalez, 33:19.17 (meet record)

4x800 Relay
6. VCSU, 9:38.10 (Mena, Brawley, Tuya, Machado)

Triple Jump
6. Ellwood Ellenson, 12.73 m (41-9 1/4)

Javelin
2. Garret Roemmich, 51.77 m (169-10)
4. Ellwood Ellenson, 49.00 m (160-9)

3,000 Meter Steeplechase
4. Smith Tuya, 11:02.54

4x100 Relay
3. VCSU, 43.24 (Koskola, Manzke, Morden, Tivis)

400 Meter Dash
2. Lenzel Koskela, 49.97

100 Meter Dash
4. Isaiah Tivis, 11.199

800 Meter Run
4. Orin Rambow, 1:58.31

400 Meter Hurdles
4. Niklas Ernst, 57.30

200 Meter Dash
5. Isaiah Tivis, 22.688

5,000 Meter Run
1. Dennis Gonzalez, 15:56.09

4x400 Relay
4. VCSU, 3:29.61 (Ernst, Brawley, Rambow, Koskola)

Long Jump
4. Ellwood Ellenson, 6.45 m (21-2)

Discus Throw
4. Garret Roemmich, 40.56 m (133-1)

Shot Put
4. Joshua Lawyer, 13.03 m (42-9)

Collegiate Career/Yearly/Outdoor Season Bests
-          Royce Brawley (Men's 800 M. Run – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Ellwood Ellenson (Men's Long Jump – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Niklas Ernst (Men's 400 M. Hurdles – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Dennis Gonzalez (Men's 5000 M. Run – Outdoor Season Best)
-          Lenzel Koskela (Men's 400 M. Dash – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Joshua Lawyer (Men's Shot Put – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Josh Manzke (Men's 200 M. Dash – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Martin Mena (Men's 1500 M. Run – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Orin Rambow (Men's 800 M. Run – Collegiate Career Best)
-          Men's 4x100 M. Relay (Outdoor Season Best)
-          Men's 4x400 M. Relay (Outdoor Season Best)

-          Garret Roemmich (Men's Hammer – Collegiate Career Best)