Standout first year David Swansons come-from-behind victory in the 10,000 meter run was one of many highlights at the competition, held in Collegeville, Minn. and also featuring other saintly MIAC schools such as St. Johns and St. Thomas. Swanson deliberately lagged behind second-place finisher Mitch VanBruggen of St. Johns for the first 23 laps of the race before sprinting ahead during the final 800 meters, earning both the victory (in a time of 32:38.6) and the admiration of his teammates.
Davids race was amazing, fellow distance runner Karl Huemiller 07 said. With so many key runners gone, he really stepped it up and inspired the rest of the team.
The Oles were without the services of many upperclassmen athletes Saturday due to the MCAT exams, allowing some previously-unheralded runners to move to the forefront.
We were missing a lot of guys and we still raced pretty well, Swanson said. We didnt win the meet, but a lot of different guys still ran well.
The Oles came in third with 97 points, while St. Johns finished with 169 and St. Thomas with 117.
Also turning in strong distance performances were Tony Hoff 07 and John Lamppa 07 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, as the duo finished first and third, respectively, with times of 9:52.64 and 10:23.40.
The shorter distance events also went well for St. Olaf, as Oles placed at or near the top of nearly every race. Jesse Horst 06 took second place in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:17.28. In the 800 meter run, Tom Cruse 07 captured one of St. Olafs three individual victories, winning in 1:56.47.
Horace Gant 08 was the teams leading sprinter in the 400 meter dash, as his time of 50.58 was good enough for fifth place. Trey Williams 06 led the Ole charge in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, taking fourth (11.44) and third (23.04), respectively.
First years Eric Hylok and Bobby Anderson were seeing threes in the field events, as the duo captured third place finishes in the discuss throw, shot put, triple jump and high jump.
Thursday through Saturday, a portion of the Ole team will participate in the Kansas Relays, held in Lawrence, Kan. Saturday morning, St. Olaf will also travel across town to Carletons Laird Stadium for their first home action of the outdoor season. The Carleton Relays get underway at 10 a.m.