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ISSUE 118 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/4/2005

Ladies run toward finish

By Anna Harrison
Staff Writer


Friday, March 4, 2005

Competing against 10 other teams, the St. Olaf women’s track and field team strove to improve upon past performances and better their place in the MIAC standings Friday afternoon in the unscored Ole Open, which was held in the Tostrud Center.

The Oles’ lone first-place finisher, Kelsey Watt ‘07, took the 1000 meter run with a time of 3:10.42. The time was a personal best for Watt, and it places her 14th in the MIAC honor roll for the event. Finishing second in the race was Kezia Manlove ‘06, who finished a mere two seconds behind Watt. She is currently ranked 19th in the conference.

Rebecca Trombly ‘06 took second in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:41.32, moving herself to 9th in the conference honor roll. Larisa Nordstrom ‘06 finished the event in fourth, with a time that places her 14th in the conference.

Another notable finish was Allison Erlander ‘07, who placed third in both the 400 and 200 meter dashes. Her times were 60.97 seconds and 27.28 seconds, respectively. Erlander’s 400 meter time earned her a fourth place standing in conference, right behind Trombley’s third ranked 60.80 seconds.

Elizabeth Ghandour ‘06 placed fourth in the pole vault, clearning 10 feet 8 inches. Her vault was fourth best in the MIAC and just two inches shy of an NCAA provisional qualification.

Overall, the women’s performances on Friday were helpful in establishing their MIAC rankings.

Lindsey Boetcher ‘06 is ranked sixth in the 5000 meter run and Vicky Peterson ‘08 and Stacy Griffin ‘07 are sixth and eighth, respectively, in the shot put.

Lorna Wilson has the second best distance in the weight throw while Griffin has the fifth. Wilson threw 45 feet 11 1/4 inches on Feb. 12 in the St. Olaf Border Battle meet.

Coming off last season’s sixth place finish at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the women appear primed for a strong performance. Coach Chris Daymont is back after a sabbatical and the team has progressed steadily over the course of the indoor season.

The women are heading off to this year’s incarnation of the tournament, which is hosted by Concordia, this weekend. They will join the men at the three-day meet in Moorhead, Minn. The first gun goes off at 5:30 p.m. Friday.





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