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ISSUE 117 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/19/2004

Pair honored as All-Americans

By Jenna Barke
Copy Editor

Friday, March 19, 2004

Becky Peterson 04 and Peter Cathcart 06 left for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Champion-ships, held March 12-13 in Whitewater, Wis., having already captured 2004 MIAC championships in the 55 meter hurdles and shot put, respectively. Peterson and Cathcart, however, decided to add a little more icing on the cake of two incredible seasons; both returned to campus as St. Olafs newest track All-Americans.

Peterson came into the meet with a time of 8.41 seconds, ranking her seventh out of the 16 athletes who qualified to compete at the national meet.

Peterson ran a blistering time of 8.32 in the preliminary race, placing her second in her heat and moving her to the next days finals. Her preliminary performance was a lifetime best, .09 seconds faster than her fastest time.

Peterson ran another incredible time of 8.38 in finals to finish fifth in the nation and earn All-American honors.

Thanks to her performance at Nationals, Peterson now owns the two fastest times in the history of the MIAC, a fitting end to her illustrious indoor career. Cathcart also proved his dominance at the national meet. Cathcart originally missed qualifying for the meet in the shot put by one elusive spot. However, after another throwers withdrawal from the competition in the middle of the week, Cathcart had his ticket to cross over the states eastern border.

Cathcart proved that he could throw with the big guns by placing third in his preliminary flight with a throw of 52 feet, 6 inches, advancing to finals.

Cathcart unleashed another 52-foot, 6-inch rocket in the final round to earn eighth place overall and become another Ole All-American.

Both athletes will look to continue their success in the outdoor track season and Peterson was particularly moved by her experience at the national meet.

It was fun to see so many great athletes competing against each other, and to have the opportunity to be a part of it all, Peterson said. Im very happy with my performance, and I cant wait for outdoor track to start.

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