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ISSUE 118 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/29/2005

No place like home: Women excel at Manitou Classic

By Lisa Gulya
Variety Editor

Friday, April 29, 2005

After competing in the 2005 Lee Krough Invitational at Gustavus April 16, St. Olaf hosted the Manitou Classic at Manitou Field Saturday.

The Ole women fared well in several events. The junior class had several top finishers at a meet in which a handful of new records were set despite windy conditions.

The meet was unscored, but that fact did not decrease the competitive level of the day. New meet records were set in the pole vault, high jump, long jump and 3000 meter steeplechase.

"The fields for all the races were large and talented," Lindsey Boetcher ‘06 said.

Boetcher called Saturday's meet a “huge success.” She cited the practical factor of previous hard work paying off. The team and crowd’s positive energy helped to buoy spirits and propelled much of the team's success.

Elizabeth Ghandour ’06 continued her impressive season in the pole vault, taking third place with a height of 10 feet, 11 3/4 inches. She tied the NCAA provisional height, qualifying for Division III Nationals. Following the meet, Ghandour was also named MIAC Field Athlete of the Week Monday. Ghandour previously qualified for nationals at the indoor MIAC championships March 6.

Long-distance runner Kezia Manlove ‘06 also placed well for the Oles. Manlove took seventh in the 1500 meter run, coming in at 4:56.42 and fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:53.44.

Competition in the event was fierce; both the first and second place runners bettered the former meet record of 11:23.06 with times of 11:17.09 and 11:20.80, respectively.

In the 5000 meter run, Manlove’s fellow long-distance runner, Boetcher, came in with a time of 18:45.94, finishing third. April Graves ‘05 followed Boetcher with a 10th place finish at 19:56.63.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Kaia Knutson ‘06 finished fourth with a time of 17.11 and Sara Heesen ‘08 took sixth, finishing in 18.91.

Allison Erlander ‘07 took third in the 400 meter hurdles (the lone Ole to place in a sprinting event) with a time of 64.93. Becca Trombly ’06 took seventh in the same event, finishing in 67.23.

The Oles did relatively well in the relays. In the 4 x 400 meter relay, the ladies took seventh with a time of 4:06.54. In the 4 x 800 meter relay the Oles took sixth with a time of 10:15.28.

In the first flight of the javelin throw, Katja Andresen ‘08 finished first with a distance of 80 feet, 6 1/2 inches (24.55 m).

The women's next competition is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Macalester College in St. Paul for the Macalester Invite.

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