While most of the team participated in Tuesdays meet, the Saturday competition was optional.
We had some really strong performances, April Graves 05 said. A lot of people are showing improvement right when they need to be.
In the most notable performance of the week, Allison Erlander 07 raced two consecutive victories, provisionally qualifying for nationals in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 64.06 on Tuesday, and winning the open 400 meter race on Saturday with a personal best time of 59.26.
Erlander was named the MIAC Track Athlete of the Week. She holds the MIACs fastest time in the 400 hurdles going into this weekends championship.
Not far behind Erlander was Becca Trombly 06, who ran a 400 hurdle time of 68.52, earning fourth place. Trombly is also in a position to score in the conference meet.
Allison and Becca are running well right now, coach Chris Daymont said. Were going to need everyone at their best this weekend.
Tuesdays meet saw other good performances, with Laura Olson 08 and Sara Heesen 08 finishing 7th and 8th, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. Their times of 18.15 and 19.06 qualified both for the event finals. Gin Parish 07 and Anne Balkany 08 also finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 5000 meter run.
In the pole vault, Liz Ghandour 06 took fifth place, clearing a height of 3.19 meters. Ghandour cleared the provisional mark for nationals the week before with a vault of 3.35 m. In close pursuit, Marla Nelson 06 vaulted just shy of a provisional mark, clearing 3.28 m. Nelson is seeded to score this weekend.
On Saturday, Kezia Manlove 06 posted a season best 800-meter time of 2:25.00. She currently holds the sixth fastest MIAC time in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Notably absent from the Oles past competition was Andrea Gelle 07, who has been battling a hamstring injury.
Coming into this weeks conference meet, the Oles are confident.
We should have a lot of personal records and good performances, Daymont said. Whether that translates into points remains to be seen. This is a good group and theyve worked hard. Now we need everyone to step up.
The MIAC championship will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at Macalester.