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ISSUE 118 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/4/2005

Track makes fast dash

By Anna Harrison
Staff Writer

Friday, March 4, 2005

In their final meet of the regular season, the St. Olaf men’s indoor track and field team had a strong showing and four first-place finishes. Saturday’s unscored meet, simply dubbed The Qualifier, pitted the Oles against seven other teams, including St. Thomas, St. John’s, Concordia, Augsburg, Hamline, Northwestern and University of Wisconsin-Stout. The meet was the last chance for athletes to qualify for the conference meet.

First place track finishers included Sam Hauck ‘06 in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:32.44 and Kelly Fulton ‘05 in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:48.41. Right behind Hauck, Paul Sovik-Siemens ‘05 finished third in the 1000 meter run. Jason Havey ‘06 trailed Fulton by 12 seconds to finish fourth in the 3000.

In the field, Evan Sundquist ‘05 jumped 21 feet for first place in the long jump. Jason Roberts ‘07 finished in third with a jump of 20 feet 10 inches.

MIAC Field Athlete of the week Peter Cathcart ‘06 took first in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 4 and 3/4 inches and fifth in the weight throw.

Other notable St. Olaf performances included the 4 x 400 relay team’s second-place finish and time of 3:23.65. The Oles were beat by a strong St. Thomas team but came in 4 seconds ahead of the other competitors. They currently have the second-fastest time in the MIAC.

Jesse Horst had a solid 800 meter run, coming in second with a time of 1:57.90, just 0.3 seconds behind the winner from UW-Stout.

Horace Gant ‘08 placed second in the 55 meter dash final after winning his preliminary heat while Trey Williams ‘05 finished 0.08 seconds behind him for fifth in the final.

Dane Hamann ‘06 also finished third in the 600 yard run with a time of 1:17.30. Malcolm Richards ‘05 ran a close mile race, finishing in fourth place, 3 seconds behind the winner.

The 2005 MIAC Indoor Championship Meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Concordia in Moorhead, Minn. The team is coming off a second-place finish a year ago, a performance that earned MIAC coach of the Year honors for Bill Thornton.

Action gets underway at Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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