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ISSUE 119 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/18/2005

Runners compete at Regionals

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor


Friday, November 18, 2005

Both the St. Olaf men’'s and women’'s cross country teams have had successful seasons this fall. Saturday, both squads participated in the NCAA Division-III Central Regional in Waverly, Iowa, hoping to build on that success. The women finished eighth, while the men finished sixth. In order to advance to the national meet, a top-four finish was required.

The women were coming off a third-place finish in the Oct. 29 MIAC Championships. At the regional meet, Annie Knudson ’'09 and Jenna Carlson '’09 led the pack of Ole runners, finishing 19th and 22nd, respectively. Both qualified for All-Region honors. Although the team was hoping for an invitation to the national meet, the success of this year’'s freshman class is encouraging and indicates the bright future of the program.

On the men'’s side, the sixth-place finish was in line with the team’s pre-meet expectations. All season long, Sam Hauck '‘06 has led the Ole attack. After winning the eight-kilometer MIAC Championship race, Hauck was coming off a week in which he earned MIAC Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season.

In Waverly, Hauck finished tenth overall, earning him the final spot at the NCAA National Championships held in Delaware, Ohio next week. Following short behind Hauck was Tony Hoff ’'07, who finished 11th. Hoff missed the cut by a mere 1.8 seconds.

As a team, the Ole men narrowly missed qualifying for nationals, finishing in sixth place, 34 points behind fourth-place Carleton. Last season, St. Olaf gained a seventh-place finish at the national meet, the team's second best in school history after their fifth-place finish in 1978.





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