Senior Kezia Manlove broke the Macalester Invite and St. Olaf school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:13.14. This time qualified her for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships May 25-27.
Placing second in their respective events on Saturday were Becca Trombly '06 in the 100-meter dash, Jennie Hedberg '08 in the 5000-meter run and Sarah Estill '06 in the 3000-meter race. Erin Lowe 06 also placed third in the triple jump.
The women are battling back from a disappointing eighth place finish at the MIAC Indoor Championships as well as numerous injuries during this outdoor season.
This season has been all about perseverance, said Andrea Gelle '07, team captain. We look at our performances throughout the season as merely stepping stones to conference.
Other athletes have put in strong performances this season. Audrey Weber '09 (in the 800-meter run) and Liz Ghandour '06 (pole vault) have both met qualifying standards for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Marla Nelson '06 (in the pole vault), Lowe, Trombly and Estill all have a good opportunity to gain tickets to nationals.
The Ole women also competed in St. Thomas Tommie Twilight meet Wednesday, the final meet before the MIAC Championships May 12-13 in St. Paul.
Our focus right now is setting ourselves up to perform well when it counts, Gelle said.