Last year, the St. Olaf men's team finished in sixth place during the outdoor season and last month; the team finished seventh at the MIAC Indoor Championships indoor earlier this year. Head coach Bill Thornton will be leading the team this year for his 35th season.
Key returners include Tom Cruse '07, who placed fourth in the indoor 600-meter dash and sixth in the 400, Ryan Doyle '09, who was seventh in the indoor heptathlon and sixth in the outdoor decathlon.
This year the team will be competing without Sam Hauck '06 and Pete Cathcart '06 who qualified for nationals last year in the shot put at MIAC Championships and was a 12-time All-American honoree.
David Green '09 anchored conference medleys this year and will be one of the team's key distance runners. John Lamppa '07 placed eighth in the indoor 1000 and will also contribute. David Swanson '08 placed eighth at the indoor 5000 a month ago, and placed fifth at last year's MIACs.
Zeke Heydenreich '09 placed eighth at last year's MIAC Championships in the weight throw and is just the second athlete in St. Olaf history to throw further than 50 feet.
Reid Johnson '09 is having a tremendous year training and racing according to Thornton. Last year Johnson was seventh in the 600, fourth in the 800, and participated in the 4x4 indoors at the MIAC meet.
A key newcomer this year for the Oles will be Dan Monroe '10. Monroe placed seventh in the indoor 55-meter dash, second in the indoor 200, and he led the first leg of the 4x400 relay team.