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ISSUE 119 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/3/2006

Track, field compete at Ole Open

By Ryan Maus
Sports Editor

Friday, March 3, 2006

It has been a whirlwind of an indoor season for the St. Olaf women’s track and field team, and one that will soon come to a close.

The Oles competed in the St. Olaf Open on Friday evening in Tostrud Fieldhouse, participating in an unscored meet with athletes from a host of other of other schools, including St. Benedict’s, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-LaCrosse, UW-River Falls, UW-Superior, St.Catherine’s, St. Thomas, Augsburg and Concordia.

The Oles were led by a pair of field athletes, thrower Stacy Griffin ’07 and pole vaulter Elizabeth Ghandour ’06. Griffin, who has provisionally qualified for the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championships with a throw of 12.38 meters, finished second in the shot put preliminaries and third in the finals.

Ghandour, who earned MIAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors for Nationals at the St. Olaf Triangular Jan. 26, was the Oles’ lone first-place finisher at the meet, topping the field in the pole vault with a jump of 11’ 3” (3.43 meters).

Ghandour spoke about her ambitions for the remainder of the season.

“For pole vaulting, you always shoot to jump higher,” Ghandour said. “There’s no real standout pole vaulter in the conference this year. All the vaulters in the MIAC are bunched together this year, so the competition will be tough.”

In the track events, Jenny Ingebritsen ’06 finished third in the 600-meter run, and Kezia Manlove ’06 also took fourth in the 1000-meter run.

Head coach Chris Daymont is hopeful, yet realistic, about her team’s chances heading into the championship season.

“We’re a good team, but without many standouts,” Daymont said. “We’ve got a very good work ethic, but we’ve suffered quite a few losses due to sickness and people being abroad.”

“Stacy Griffin and Liz Ghandour will lead us in the throwing events and the pole vault, but we’re going to have to rely on our senior runners to step it up this weekend.”

St. Olaf plays host to the MIAC Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, and will also host the Division III Nationals March 10-11.

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