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ISSUE 118 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/22/2004

Harriers hustle

By Dane Hamann
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 22, 2004

The St. Olaf womens cross country team ventured across the Cannon River to Carleton, where the Running of the Cows Invite was held Saturday. The Oles joined three other MIAC teams (Carleton, Concordia, and St. Thomas) for the small meet. Since it was not a large invitational, many Ole runners decided to take the weekend off, in order to rest for the upcoming MIAC Championships. The Oles who did run at Carleton powered their way to 77 points.

The team was led by Kezia Manlove 06, one of the St. Olafs consistent high placers. Manlove ran the five-kilometer race in 19:57, which was good enough for sixth place out of 81 runners.

We only ran a few people, Manlove said. The real purpose [of the meet] was to get a look at the competition and get in a little more racing for those who needed it.

Among those Oles who felt like they should get more racing experience before the Championships were Lindsay Boetcher 06, Brittney Schwager 07, Rebecca Trombley 06, and Andrea Gelle 07. Along with Manlove, these Oles rounded out the teams top five placers, finishing 6th, 14th, 16th, 18th, and 23rd, respectively. They all ran under 22 minutes for the 5K race.

It was the breakout race for all of us, Schwager said. Everyone is much more confident now that they know they can race so well despite the awful conditions.

The race was indeed a cold and windy one, with temperatures ranging from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. However, the experience will undoubtedly prove invaluable for the Oles; this years conference meet will be held in St. Paul at the end of October. The racing conditions at Carleton Saturday could very well be similar to those the runners will face at the MIAC Championships.

The weather was bad on Saturday, Manlove added, but having our runners who were watching the meet cheer all of us on really helped out.

At Carleton, the Oles had trouble finding the pack running ability with which they had been so successful in the past. The lack of contact between the Oles allowed the other teams to fill in the gaps between the Oles with runners of their own.

It was hard to form our usual packs, Gelle said. Since several of our teammates were sitting out, we did not have the same groups. But we still raced hard and everyone dropped their times from previous races.

Faster times are good news for the womens cross country team as they wrap up the season. The Oles will close out their exhibition season with a dual meet against Gustavus on Oct. 22. That meet will take place in St. Peter, with the starting gun set to go off at 4:00 p.m.

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