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ISSUE 117 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/27/2004

Tostrud track proves speedy

By Ken Foote
Sports Editor

Friday, February 27, 2004

Since the ball dropped on the New Year, the Tostrud Center has been the place to be for indoor track competition. The two-year old facility has hosted five competitions over the past month and swung open its door again on Saturday, this time for a meet bearing its name.

The Ole men's track and field team joined conference rivals Carleton and St. Thomas as well as out of state foes Luther and UW-Lacrosse for the Tostrud Classic, which served as a tune-up for next weekend's Tostrud-hosted Qualifier, the last meet before the MIAC indoor championships.

There were no team scores kept at the meet, but several Oles posted fast times nonetheless.

The Oles showcased some depth in the 800 meter race as Tom Cruse 07 and Jesse Horst 06 finished one-two. Cruse crossed the line in 1.57.68 and Horst finished less than a second later.

Not to be outdone by his mid-distance brethren, Sam Hauck 06 held off a late charge from an UW-Lacrosse runner to win the 1000 meter race in a time of 2:33.38.

Peder Arneson '04 was the third and final Ole of the day to claim the fastest time in a race by winning the days longest event, the 5000 meters, in 15:24.46.

Malcolm Richards '05 missed becoming the fourth Ole to win a race when he was unable to reel in Carleton senior Matt Hooley in the 3000 meters. Richards nabbed second place with a time of 8:46.51.

It was not just the track where the Oles made an impact. Peter Cathcart 06 did some damage in the throwing events, nabbing second in the shot put and garnering fifth in the weight throw.

Cathcart heaved the 16-pound shot put an impressive 52 feet 8 1/4 inches before throwing the weight apparatus 50 feet 8 inches.

The men will next host a throng of conference foes as the Qualifer offers the last opportunity to post qualifying times for the MIAC indoor championships.

The action gets underway at noon Saturday.

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