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ISSUE 118 VOL 13 PUBLISHED 3/11/2005

Women end on low note

By Anna Harrison
Staff Writer

Friday, March 11, 2005

Saturday’s conference championship at Concordia in Moorhead, Minn. proved to be a disappointment for the St. Olaf women’s indoor track and field team. The women placed tenth out of 12 teams, scoring just 30 points. St. Thomas won their sixth consecutive conference championship with 140 points, followed by Concordia with 117.

The highlight of the meet for St. Olaf came from Elizabeth Ghandour ’06 in the pole vault. Ghandour placed third in the highly competitive event with a clearance of 10 feet 10 and 3/4 inches. Her vault also qualified her provisionally for the NCAA Division III Nationals, which will be held March 11-12 in Bloomington, Ill.

Also contributing to the Oles’ final score was Lindsey Boetcher ’06 in the 5000 meter run.

Boetcher, seeded sixth going into the competition, came in fifth with a time of 18:24.69.

Also turning in sixth place finishes were Kaia Knutson ’07 in the pentathlon with a score of 2,616; Marla Nelson ’06 in the pole vault with a height of ten feet six and 3/4 inches; Stacy Griffin ’07 in the shot put with a distance of 38 feet; and Allison Erlander ’07 in the 400 meter dash with a time of 61.09 seconds.

Andrea Gelle ’07 came in eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.55. The St. Olaf 800 meter relay team of Knutson, Rebecca Trombley ’07, Melissa Botzet ’05 and Erlander also finished sixth, in 1:51.52.

The Ole 4x400 meter relay, which consisted of Gelle, Erlander, Botzet and Trombley, finished sixth with a time of 4:06.59.

Although the team failed to place highly in last weekend’s Championships, the disappointing finish does not overshadow the team’s solid winter season.

With the outdoor track and field season set to begin later this month, the team has plenty to look forward to.

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