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ISSUE 117 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 4/9/2004

Ole Sports Shorts

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer
and Ken Foote
Executive Editor

Friday, April 9, 2004

Women's Track

The women's track team continues to improve on their strong indoor track season. The Oles moved outside, this past weekend, for the first time this season, competing in the Hamline Invitational at Macalester College. The team put forth a formidable showing with many individuals placing in the top three of their respective events.

Becky Peterson '04 lead the runners, finishing first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.41 seconds. Peterson also finished second in the 200m dash. The middle-distance runners also finished strong. Marit Grorud '04 placed second in the 800m run and Erin Bengston '06 was third in the 1500.

Jen Levenhagen '04 once again led the women in the field events. Levenhagen finished first in the discus throw, third in the javelin, and fourth in the shot put.

The outdoor season continues for the women this week with the Carleton Invitational and the Wartburg Select Meet on Saturday.

Women's Golf

The St. Olaf women's golf team has yet to tee it up this spring and will not do so until the Carleton Invitational on April 16-17. For now, the team is taking advantage of the improved weather to spend some much-needed practice time on the links.

The spring season is less about competition and more focused on refining existing skills for next fall's MIAC Championships. However, an improved golf game normally means higher finishes in competitions, so the two go hand in hand.

The team will also have to contend with the loss of Naomi Schwegler '04, who is studying at Curtain University in Perth, Australia.

Next weekends action begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Northfield Golf Course.

Men's Golf

The men have yet to face competition on the links this spring. They will open up their season on April 19, competing in the Gustavus Spring Classic at LeSueur Country Club.

The team is hoping to see improvement this spring and improve on a ninth place finish at the MIAC Championships this past fall. The squad is lead by co-captains Brandt Uthus '04 and Charlie Eggert '04.

Joining Uthus and Eggert to lead the Oles will be Bryan Hapka '05 and Pat Gilles '05. Hapka finished 24th, a team high, at the MIAC Champ-ioships and is looking to excel once again. Gilles will be counted on to make a major contribution.

Women's Tennis

After a spring break of rest and relaxation, the women's tennis team got a rude welcome back in their first April match, being blanked by Luther 9-0 on April 2. The team failed to win even a single set against the very talented Luther squad.

The women rebounded nicely, laying a beat down on Hamline 8-1. The only Piper win came when Kristen Bothun out dueled Beth Erie '05 6-3, 6-0 at number one singles. Those would be only sets Hamline would win as the Ole women dominated the remaining singles and doubles play.

Next up for the team is a showdown at Macalester on April 13. The Scots are winless in MIAC play.

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