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ISSUE 117 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/30/2004

Ole Sport Shorts

By Ken Foote
Sports Editor
Sports Editor

Friday, April 30, 2004


The fastpitch squad finished their season on Tuesday losing a doubleheader to non-conference rivals from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, 3-1 and 8-4. The losses cemented the Oles record at 7-26 for the season.

Saturday the Oles faced off against a Hamline squad that was in preparation for the MIAC tournament. The team hoped to leave St. Paul with at least a split against the Pipers, but were over-matched losing two 9-1 decisions.

The following day brought an end to the MIAC season. Having already been eliminated from post-season competition, the Oles hoped to end on a high note against St. Catherine's, the conference's last place team with a final record of 4-18. The day did not begin as they wished as the Wildcats took the first game 5-4. However, the Oles were not to be defeated in their final home game of the season. Their bats came alive as rebounded to defeat St. Catherine's 7-4 in the finale of the double header.

The MIAC tournament will begin on Friday at St. Olaf and Carleton. In the first round, St. Thomas faces Gustavus and St. Ben's will square off against Hamline. The Tommies went undefeated in the conference with a record of 22-0.

Women's Track

The ladies were in St. Paul on Saturday competing in the 28th annual Macalester Invitational. The meet was loaded with strong competition from both MIAC and non-conference opponents. The Oles fared well as a team, finishing with 126.5 points, behind only St. Thomas.

Allison Erlander '07 paved the way for the Ole runners, winning the 400 m dash with a time of 1:00.99. The team benefited from strong performances in middle distance race. Three Oles, Marit Grorud '04, Martha Langarer '06 and Jenna Barke '06, finished in the top eight of the 800 meter run, earning points for the team. Also helping the squad was Erin Bengston '06 and Erin Weier '07 who finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 1500 meter run. The Oles dominated the 3000 meter run placing three runners in the top five.

The Oles continue to prepare for the MIAC championships which will be held at Manitou field May 7 and 8. The Oles will be running and throwing under the lights this weekend as they travel to St. Thomas for the Tommie Twilight.

Mens Golf

The St. Olaf mens golf team teed off for the second time this spring, hitting the links at the St. Johns Invitational. In a 19-team field, the Oles placed 14th with a two-day score of 659.

Brian DeLaitsch 07 led the way with an 18 over par 162 to finish tied for 44th place. DeLaitsch shot a phenomenal 75 in the opening round, placing him in the top-10, before enduring a rough final 18 holes which saw him shoot an 85.

Brandt Uthus 04 finished one shot behind DeLaitsch as he fired respective rounds of 80 and 83. Uthus, playing in his second-to-last match, finished tied for 53rd.

Pat Giles 05, last weeks leading Ole scorer at the Gustie Invitational, needed 168 strokes to complete 36 holes and came in 66th place.

Brain Roach 07 rounded out the St. Olaf scoring, with an 85th place finish. Roach shot a sub-80 round to open up the tournament, but lost any hope of a high finish after a disastrous final round of 98.

Next up for the Oles is the year-end Tim Cashin Memorial Invitat-ional, which will be held at the Northfield Golf Course, April 29-30. Tee time is 9:00 a.m. both days.

Womens Golf

The St. Olaf womens golf team finished up the 2004 spring campaign with a 14th place showing at the Minnesota Womens Collegiate Golf Association state tournament, finishing 152 strokes behind the champions from Minnesota State. The squad posted successive rounds of 405 and 397 in the 36-hole competition.

Berit Nelson 05 led the way again for the Oles, finishing tied for 41st place after firing rounds of 88 and 92. Nelsons 36-hole score was 36 strokes over par, 24 behind the individual winner from St. Cloud State.

Stacia Polzin 05 finished her rounds with scores of 98 and 100, finishing her Ole golf career with a 54th place showing.

Britt Bunke 06 and Jaimie Didier 07 rounded out the Ole scoring, finishing 69th and 73rd respectively. Bunke shot back-to-back rounds of 107 and 105, while Didier posted consecutive rounds of 111 and 110.

With the spring season complete, the focus turns to logging practice rounds over the summer and preparing tee off for the fall, which is golfs main season.

The culmination of the fall season is the MIAC championships, where the Oles will look to improve on last years seventh-place finish.

Mens Track

The St. Olaf mens track and field team traveled to Collegville Saturday for the St. Johns Invitational. Two Oles came back with individual wins and several more posted fast times as the MIAC championship meet looms nearer.

Nic Reichenbach 05 dominated the 3000 meter steeplechase once again, finishing in 9:59.49. Reichenbach finished 17 seconds ahead of the runner up from Hamline.

Tom Cruse 07, one of the stars of the indoor season, proved he could run outside as well, posting a 400 meter dash time of 50.75. Cruse came in second behind Steve Dalhed from the host Johnnies.

Peder Arneson 04 continued his strong senior campaign with a third place showing in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:09.57. Arneson was in position to win the race but was unable to kick his way past the top two finishers.

In perhaps the most anticipated match of the day, Malcolm Richards 05 took on Carletons talented Dan Bucy in the 5000 meter run. The two went stride for stride throughout much of the race, but Bucy pulled away over on the last lap and Richards finished second in a time of 15:09.20.

All-American Peter Cathcart 06 put together an impressive showing in the throwing event, winning the shot put and placing fourth in both the hammer and the discus. Cathcart unleashed a 52 foot 10 and 1/4 inch rocket in the shot put before throwing the discus 132 feet 9 inches and heaving the hammer 143 feet 8 inches.

The teams final tuneup for the MIAC championships is Saturdays St. Thomas Invitational, which gets under way at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul.

The meet will feature several squads looking for improved seeding and fast times heading into the year-end meet.

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