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ISSUE 118 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/17/2004

Women victorious in opener

By Julia Midthun
Contributing Writer
and Anna Harrison
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 17, 2004

The St. Olaf womens cross country team got off to a strong start at the Carleton Invitational this weekend, notching an impressive first place finish.

The Oles outran MIAC foes Carleton, Augsburg, St. Kates, and Hamline. St. Olafs top finisher was Stephanie Block 07, who finished with a time of 23:26, good enough for a 4th place finish overall.

Erin Bengston 06, Kezia Manlove 06, Erin Weir 07, and April Graves 05 also finished in the top 15, placing sixth, eighth, 11th and 12th respectively.

St. Olafs season-opening 12-point victory was indicative of the teams potential for the rest of the year.

Nervous heading into the race, the team anticipated a tough run against Carleton, as the Knights were one of the top teams in the MIAC a year ago. Luckily, Carleton graduated many of their top runners from last season, and the Oles took advantage of that Saturday.

The St. Olaf team is led by captains Manlove, Lindsay Boetche 06, Diana Ostowski 06, Elizabeth White 05 and Graves. The 60-plus Ole women runners are looking forward to a great season.

The team is clicking well and everyone has a positive attitude, Jenny Ingebritsen 06 said.

Plagued by injuries and inexperience, the 2003 season was tough for the young Ole squad. Despite those challenges, the team still placed second at the MIAC Championship meet. That added experience figures to help St. Olaf this season in their quest for a conference title.

At Saturdays race the Oles succeeded in running as a pack, dominating their competition.

We have no 'big shots' on this team, just a lot of little shots that keep on shooting coach Chris Daymont said.

Bengston agreed, saying of the Carleton Invite, We had no one stand-out runner, but many girls near the top.

The meets final standings saw St. Olaf finish with 41 points, Carleton a distant second with 53, and Augsburg third with 73. Hamline's Keidra Anderson won the event with a time of 23:13.

Ingebritsen, Jenny Hedberg 08, and Sarah Estill 06 also ran well for the Oles, finishing among the top 20 for the St. Olaf women.

The ladies will run their only home meet of the year when they host the St. Olaf Invitational Saturday. The race is set to get underway at 11 a.m.

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