Eric Bertelsen was part of four titles, including three individual, to highlight the 8th annual Dennis Young Classic for the Buena Vista track and field teams on Saturday.
The senior sparked his day by extending his national-best mark in the long jump, by going 7.54m on Saturday - .20 meters better than his previous mark which he set last weekend at Wartburg. In addition, he also won both the 55 and 200 meter dashes, while also running on the winning 4x200 meter relay team. His time of 6.49 seconds in the 55 was a new meet record, while he missed the mark in the 200 by only .11 seconds. The relay team missed a meet record by .36 seconds.
Senior Justin Bauer just missed a trophy in the 55 meter dash, placing fourth in 6.70 - just .09 out of third and .10 out of second.
Fellow senior Shawn Olorundami took the title in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 7.56 seconds, while also placing fourth in the 200 meter dash and long jump. Tanner Russ was right behind Olorundmi in the hurdles, taking third in 7.89.
Steven Ricke also shined for BVU in the field events, placing second in both the shot put and weight throw. Brandon Robinson was third behind Ricke in the weight throw, with a heave of 13.42 meters.
On the women's side, senior Natalie Olorundami finished second in the 55 meter hurdles in a time of 8.35 seconds. Simpson's Kayla Knaack took the event in 8.18 seconds. Sohomore Morgan Darrow finished third in the weight throw, while winning the shot put. Her mark in the shot put also set a new school and meet record of 13.67 meters, bettering her previous school record by more than .50 meters. Molly Kruse also added a top-three finish, taking second in the triple jump at 9.85 meters.
BVC graduate and current BVU Board of Trustee member Bernie Saggau was recognized prior to the start of the 5,000 meter run and also served as the honorary starter for the race.
Five schools took part in the day's meet, with BVU coming in third on both sides.
Buena Vista returns to action this Friday when it takes part in the UNI Dome Open in Cedar Falls.