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ISSUE 118 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/25/2005

Oles run, throw way to second place at Tostrud Classic

By Anna Harrison
Staff Writer
and Julia Midthun
Staff Writer

Friday, February 25, 2005

Continuing what has already been a strong indoor season, the St. Olaf men’s track and field team placed second out of five teams at the Tostrud Classic Saturday afternoon. The Oles scored 141 points while the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse won the meet with 220. St. Thomas finished with 113 points, Carleton with 90 and Luther with 49.

Despite the Oles’ strong second place finish, only Peter Cathcart ’06, Jason Roberts ’07 and the 800 meter relay team managed to secure wins.

Cathcart’s winning distance in the shot put was 53 feet 8 1/4 inches, the 11th longest distance in the nation so far this season. He also placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 51 feet 5 1/2 inches.

Roberts took the long jump with a distance of 20 feet 7 1/4 inches, while the 800 meter relay team edged out Carleton and Luther with a time of 1:34.

Other notable performances included second place finishers Tom Cruse ’07 in the 800 meter run, Nate Campbell ’05 in the 600 yard run and Bobby Anderson ’08 in the triple jump. Malcom Richards ’05 also came in second to Carleton’s Dan Bucy in the 3000 meter run after leading the majority of the race. Richards was passed on the home stretch to finish .22 seconds behind Bucy.

Third place finishers on Saturday were Trey Williams ’06 in the 55 meter dash, John Lamppa ’07 in the 1000 meter run and St. Olaf’s 4x400 meter relay team.

Saturday’s Classic was the sixth meet of the season for the men, who have already turned in a number of stellar performances this winter. Richards was named MIAC Track Athlete of the Week two consecutive weeks during the month of January. Richards is the defending MIAC Indoor champion in the 5000 meter run and has continued to perform well in the 2005 season. Cathcart was also named MIAC Field Athlete of the Week January 25 and looks poised to defend his 2004 MIAC Indoor shot put crown. He has already set a school record in the weight throw this year.

The men will host their fourth home meet of the season, The Qualifier, this Saturday at Tostrud Center. The competition begins at noon.

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